Embracing the Shadow

Reviled shadow, exile,
I come to love you now.
You’re the sum of all I fear to be–
embrace me now somehow!

Our Master builds a house of love
and needs a cornerstone.
So I venture to these utter depths
of darkness you call home.

How have you suffered here?
What agonies you’ve borne!
What meagre rag of life
in terror here was torn?

Oh, cursing and accursed one,
I’m haunted by this line:
‘The sun must love its shadows
or why does it shine?’

Reviled shadow, exile,
I come to love you now.
You’re the base of all I hope to be–
embrace me now somehow!

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