How strange are men and women! We
have humors mixed within.
And so by day we're sainted, yet
at night we're mired in sin.
My father was a gentle man.
He never raised his hand
against us, yet at times his acts
were hard to understand.
My mother was admired, beloved,
except by those sans heart.
And yet she made us suffer, though
without design or art.
My sister had a star within
that shone in all she did.
And yet, within the dark, too soon,
she bravely went and hid.
How strange indeed I am myself.
I've never carried malice.
But still, I've caused my troubles by
refraining from the chalice.
And so it is with everyone
and so it is with all.
We climb up to the shining peaks,
and then, in turn, we fall.
So those that seemed so pure, we learn,
are hardly free from taints.
And those we saw as sinners have,
at times, exceeded saints.
From contradictions, though we seek,
we rarely find release.
But now my rhymes grow tiring and
it's time for me to cease.
Within the yin, the yang resides;
within the yang, the yin.
So also, love and hate are twined,
and grace is tied to sin.
2017 April 16th, Sun.
Brooklyn, New York