Learn This First

I’ve wondered if dawn’s like birth, 
if dusk’s like death
and we’re given these metaphors to pique our curiosity
as if to say, in this world nothing’s real.

You imagine this a dream?

Yes, these are shades, as Plato said
trying to spread a little light.
But this is difficult among men,
men prefer to
grasp at shades.

Is this a dream?

What Plato suggests is that
life shelters in shadows in this desert,
learn this first

Jim Culleny