If Truth Is Misspelled

No one understands
how dark erases light
They call it sunset
old skin

Moon is born blind
like the inside of deep caves
deep caves are hot
like the middle of a throat

Then there is the gray line
between life and death
water and earth
salt and sea
good and evil

I have understood this for many lives
though I cannot remember
the bodies before me
Their voices a molt of myth

And I do not understand
how feelings attach to nerves
how seasons consume one another
nor the day’s periphery that lightens then darkens
then lightens and
what reason is there for a wisp of truth
if truth is misspelled

Knowing then not knowing
Confucius or Confusion

An internationally published poet and the author of three poetry collections from Stillpoint Books, Dah Helmer’s poetry has appeared in The Sandy River Review, Stone Voices, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Orion headless, River & South Review, Jellyfish Whispers, Perfume River Poetry Review, Miracle, Digital Papercut, Knot Magazine, The Muse (India), The Lost Coast Review, Literature Today (India), Poetry Pacific (Canada), Zygote in my Coffee, Red Wolf Journal, Deep Tissue Magazine, Dead Snakes, Rose Red Review, Napalm And Novocain, Empty Sink Publishing, Acumen Journal (UK), The Cape Rock, The Open Mouse (UK), The Filid Chapbook, The Recusant (UK), the Switch (the Difference) anthology, Harbinger Asylum, The Linnet’s Wings (Ireland) and Yellow Chair Review. Dah lives in Berkeley, California, where he is working on the manuscripts for his fifth and sixth poetry books. The Translator, Dah’s fourth book, was published in July 2015 by Transcendent Zero Press. Visit: https://dahlusion.wordpress.com.

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