Do Not Fear the Dark

Fear no goblin mischief,
  Heed no demon bark;
Wrap the night about you tight—
  Do not fear the dark.

Tame the mares of chaos,
  Brand them with your mark;
Leap astride their backs and ride—
  Do not fear the dark.

Float in safety’s shadow,
  Sheltering the spark;
Senses bloom within its womb—
  Do not fear the dark.

Long before the founding
  Darkness was the ark,
From its snout the stars spilled out—
  Do not fear the dark.

New York City December 15, 2005