Put out the light
           and put out the light
nothing metaphorical about it
           light is life
light of my life
           and lovelessness
a dark state
           flowers that spread
their petals by day
           that close down at dusk

           friend of Alexander the Great
324 BC
           observed that the leaves
on the tamarind tree
           opened and closed
from day to night :
           the phytochromatic
properties of plants
           that alter to feed
on red or far red light
           the spectrum of love
that lies beneath the surface
           that moves all things

Love too is process
enlightenment that feeds into life
           nourishes the heart
summer goes winter goes
           love remains

John Lyons


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