In the dark we disappear, pure being.
by Stanley Plumly
Our mirror images, impure being.
Being and becoming (Heidegger), being and
nothingness (Sartre)—which is purer being?
Being alone is no way to be: thus
loneliness is the test of pure being.
Nights in love I fell too far or not quite
far enough—one pure, one impure being.
Clouds, snow, mist, the dragon's breath on water,
smoke from fire—a metaphor's pure being.
Stillness and more stillness and the light locked
deep inside—both pure and impure being.
Is is the verb of being, I the noun—
or pronoun for the purists of being.
I was, I am, I looked within and saw
nothing very clearly: purest being.