“ɪ ᴅᴏɴ’ᴛ ʟɪᴠᴇ ɪɴ ᴅᴀʀᴋɴᴇss, ᴅᴀʀᴋɴᴇss ʟɪᴠᴇs ɪɴ ᴍᴇ.”
I’ve always seen beauty in darkness, and for whatever reason that seems to bother some people. I don’t know if it scares them or if they simply cannot comprehend the magnitude of having the ability to appreciate darkness. Some may suggest that I’m odd, uncouth, or depraved. And I am. I’m all those things and more.
Some things in this world are obviously beautiful. Other things are ostensibly ugly, until you look closer. I guess that’s why I appreciate the dark side, because I’ve looked in. I wish everyone would too. I think doing so can make us better humans; Deeper, anyway.
But I recognize not everyone’s wired this way. Some are afraid to confront their darkness. Others perhaps are truly unable. Or maybe, it’s me. My infatuation of the dark is overwhelming that it wards off others. At any rate, I believe it’s not our darkness that haunts us; it’s the barrier we set against it. What do you think? Should we closet our darkness? How do you navigate your abysses?
One thing that remains the same is that we humans tend to want to ward off the darkness. And we do this not only in the long nights of winter, but throughout the year. We have night lights, flashlights and candles at the ready, all to ward off the darkness that we have been wired to fear. Danger, we believe, lurks there, in the darkness, where there is just enough ambient light for us to see shadows menacingly crouched, ready to pounce.
As we sit on the precipice of darkness, we will learn how we can find the beauty, the gifts, the lessons that await us in our darkness, how we can discover that darkness is nothing to be feared by rather to be embraced. I hope that you too will understand and appreciate the miracles of the dark because it resides in all of us.
~The Nocturnal Muser ©