Learn This First

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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 would rather 
grasp at shades.

Is this a dream?

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

Jim Culleny
8/11/17

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