Wendell Berry: "To Know the Dark" To go in the dark with a light is to know the light. To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight, and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings, and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings As a teenager I used to like exploring caves in Kentucky. Along the course of the Kentucky River there were countless limestone caves nestled in the hills. In our quest my friends and I would consult old maps and examine the countryside f
or tell tale sinkholes signifying the presence of a nearby cavern. Our dream? To find a cave that had never been explored.
This week's koan points to a cavernous expanse, a depth to be fathomed, a darkness to explore.
Don’t light a lamp—there’s no oil in the house. It’s a shame to want a light. I have a way to bless poverty: Just feel your way along the wall.
This cavern, the dark house, is, of course, your life. The temptation as we embark on