(We come to know light by darkness.
Illumination though, is both inner and outer.
Inner radiance is brighter than outer brilliance.
Enlightenment is deepest coming from within.)

[a nonet*]

on our lives
bathing the sham
washing the charade
dousing the masquerade
in our shadows of pretense
till they flush into dark gutters
and dissolve in the limbo of farce.

fake and genuine
is repute.

false and true
is refute.)

– dispute
is between
repute and refute.

– illumination
is between
reflection and meditation.

(c) 2006 Chito Aguilar

* A nonet is a verse form consisting of nine (9) lines with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 syllables respectively.


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