Learn That First

I have wondered if dawn is like birth

and dusk like death
and if we’re given these metaphors
to pique our curiosity
as if to say nothing in this world
is real. You are so naive,
you think this is a dream?

Yes, these are shadows.
Socrates said as much in the agora
trying to spread some light
but this is always so difficult
among men. Men prefer to
grasp at shades

Child, this is not a dream,
that is a misapprehension—
what Socrates suggests is that
life shelters in shadows
in this desert
…………… learn that first

Jim Culleny