All Along

What if I did not know the truth 

When I died

It was only a diminished light

And I could not admit it

Having to cross to the other shore

With no raft

With murk below

What if truth did not follow me

Where I did go follow me

Faithfully to the crimson mud

On the other side where the child aspect of men

Romp and revel and reveal their secrets

What if truth's death were time's death

A covering-over by static dust

A dismantled face

Forever turned to eight and four

What if more and more truths


However high or low I climbed

However high I sank

However low I sank

What if my thankfulness for truth

Was always ever sometimes only

Thankfulness for collages

With pasted fairies and glitter

And mirages of solid men in vests

What if truth's numbered interests

Counted leagues past my own

If some tetrabrachius

Played cunning cards with me all along

What if truth's running joke all along

Was this: to have me take

Back for forth and ninth

For twenty-ninth

Become a planet with two poles myself

What if truth like some anti-god

Did not exist but destroyed

Thoroughly nonetheless

Urged me find castles in dust

Comfort in unstoppable black holes

What if the war with truth

Within truth itself

Came to an end

Only when truth and truth's death

Gets me again again again and again

Back at the start

When I stood in the diminished light

Pretending all along to have legs

In the diminished light light light

Light pretending all along

The flickering did not frighten me?


  1. Priti says:

    Beautiful lines yes truth sometimes against the opposite but it is reality!

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    1. Richard Q says:

      This is marvelous awareness. Thank you.

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      1. Priti says:

        Welcome. Read my book

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      2. Richard Q says:

        I will read more of it. Thank you for inviting me.

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      3. Priti says:

        My book name is ,” Love of Rain”.

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      4. Richard Q says:

        Thank you. Are those the parts of it on your site? I see “Love of Promita.” I understand that is the protagonist.

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      5. Priti says:

        Now I am writing this series but all are separate from others. I actually said about my book,” Love of Rain” short story book you have to buy from Amazon.

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      6. Richard Q says:

        Oh! I will search for it. 🙏


      7. Priti says:

        Yes thank you

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