“I remember when we were young”*

“With rebellion, awareness is born.” – Albert Camus

When we were young
They told us
"Never look directly at the Sun".

& for a while we didn't.

Not from deference
to the authority of parents,
but out of reverence
                for the warmth:

It was the animal – the It
& not the I – that compelled us
to wear the warm veil of our eyelids
when we dared to approach the source
of all light & benevolent warmth…

…but we're not young anymore, so
we looked & what we saw
changed us forever.

                Now
we stand before ancient energy,
a violence our gaze can never meet,
as small animals
                lost
in a fatal & final ecstasy
of rebellion.

But I remember
when we were young.

*Insight – Joy Division

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