A poem by Masayuki Tanabe, a sensitive and prolific poet I’ve known for over a decade. I find it quite moving an poignant, yet it ends with hope.
The Exit Door Of Sorrow
I no longer say “Hello Mr. Darkness
My old friend.”
When I see him on the street
Filled with crack dealers
I ignore him because he is a teller of falsehoods
And my worst foe.
I believed him when he told me I am worthless
And I acted accordingly for many years
Till I chose to follow the directions to the exit
Of the blood soaked labyrinth
Where the Minotaur rages.
The name Jesus Christ is engraved on this door
In huge letters.
When I opened it I saw a sea of green emeralds
Where many stallions grazed
And I felt the loving embrace of the lamp of day
That was turned on
When God said “Let there be light.”