In the dark we disappear, pure being.
Our mirror images, impure being.
Being and becoming (Heidegger), being and
nothingness (Sartre) — which is purer being?
Being alone is no way to be: thus
loneliness is the test of pure being.
Nights in love I fell too far or not quite
far enough — one pure, one impure being.
Clouds, snow, mist, the dragon's breath on water,
smoke from fire — a metaphor's pure being.
Stillness and more stillness and the light locked
deep inside — both pure and impure being.