here in this litany of hours I stand,
More than a ghost, less than a man.
Out of contempt for the burning night’s
None in the name of heaven shall pass:
Go now to your beds,
To that dream-brimmed sleep;
House all your memories
in ready recollection.
Only those who in doubt still believe
Shall remain to conquer existence.
think we know,
(Knowledge being but wisdom’s whore),
In truth’s realm but barely abides.
Let the last
word spoken be of love
Like the ancient in their sacred texts –
Esoteric doctrines of light.
In following, they entrust their resurrection.
Never will be their heart alone,
To stir or start
be no longer their choice.
Hand to halting hand they reach unsure,
Even in the auspices of faith.
Down to the bone
those praying hands are worn,
Apprehensive of the end of time;
Where those too blind to see
Nip at lies formed on
Rather than revelation,
Allow me but a moment’s reflection –
I should only go blind
in an eternal light.
Demonstrating in that shining instant,
Where rest arrives in want of repose,
serve only to confuse.
Shall this night never end?
Am I to wait in permanence,
Mounted upon this spiritual inheritance
knowing not where its calling lies?
Never shall solution scale the wall
Against which the solicitous lean,
by their own ignorance and
Exiled into the paradise of sin.
Dead hands of the past carry those
Among us who
into iniquity fade,
Heads twisted by libertine vices.
Until the myth to which we neither ascribe
Nor, in common sense,
Diminishes to the dullest whisper and
Relinquishes its hold on the collective soul,
Each hour that,
in indolence, passes,
Debauched remains the living world.