Wednesday, November 28
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Wight
In the dark we disappear, pure being.
Our mirror images, impure being.

Being and becoming (Heidegger), being and
nothingness (Sartre) - which is purer being?

Being alone is no way to be: thus
loneliness is the test of pure being.

Nights in love I fell too far or not quite
far enough - one pure, one impure being.

Clouds, snow, mist, the dragon's breath on water,
smoke from fire - a metaphor's pure being.

Stillness and more stillness and the light locked
deep inside - both pure and impure being.

Is is the verb of being, I the noun -
or pronoun for the purists of being.

I was, I am, I looked within and saw
nothing very clearly: purest being.
 - Stanley Plumly









  • ". . . as I have said often enough, I write for myself in multiplicate,
    a not unfamiliar phenomenon on the horizon of shimmering deserts."
    - Vladimir Nabokov