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In the beginningwas the dark
like the darkon the road
to Cochranewhen at highway
speedto flick headlights off
was to flirt with oblivion
                                     the dark
like the long middle-of-the-night
hall on the blind do-not-disturb
walk when extinguishing
bathroom light removes all sight
                                     the dark
a negation not unholy
in itself its depths
far more than a backdrop  
for the coming dazzle
of yet-unformed stars
a sleep cocoonwith no glare  
beyond the intensity
of the soon-to-be-established
moon for soon-to-be-slumbering
heads to rest unbothered
in burrow or nest
a country for reflection  
for juxtaposition to school
us in our need to see when
we can’t see & for contentment   
even then which he saw 
as strangely good

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

D.S. Martin

D.S. Martin is the author of five poetry collections, including Angelicus (2021), Ampersand (2018), and Conspiracy of Light: Poems Inspired by the Legacy of C.S. Lewis (2013) — all from Cascade Books. He is Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College, the Series Editor for the Poiema Poetry Series. He and his wife live in Brampton, Ontario; they have two adult sons.