“In the desert, you can remember your name
‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain.”
– A Horse With No Name, by America
In the desert of my life,
when all of the pain and strife,
drifted like dust, behind me on the path,
I began to see the light at last.
And, yet, it is not as you might think,
as if I was brought to the brink,
of my trials and tribulations,
only to find instant redemption.
Rather, the light exposes the darkness,
gradually, within the soul of the penitent with finesse,
bringing understanding in its wake,
to the disillusioned, yet, sated heart.
In my lowliness, I began to see
all of what has been plaguing me;
so, that each pathogen may be brought into the light
for scrutiny under the gaze of G-d’s brightness.
Instead of abandoning my past in denial,
I become transformed through all that is vile
in my personality, turning into its opposite,
like toxic negativity being replaced by virtue.