THE LONGEST NIGHT

Descend.
Slide beneath.
Slip below the surface.

Under the chatter,
under even the silence,
into the velvety black.

Slip into the dark sea,
the vast expanse.

Let yourself be wrapped
in a deep blue blanket of
nothing and everything.

Feel it envelop you,
soft and heavy on your flesh.
Feel it stretch on forever.

Now, sink deeper still,
into the inky black
heart of the matter,

where the most ancient
wisdom breathes.

Let yourself be drawn
into the core, the essence–

where the beloved
whispers gently,

where it is no longer safe,
where it is home.

Drop
into the depths
of your own unknown.

Exhale and expand
into your beautiful,
whole, holy, darkness.