Neither

So many dire opposites, so diametrically positioned, so at war with each other, and so utterly false.

As a teenager, I once saw the world as a painting, all of existence within the frame of the universe. And from within this painting, looking up you see good, looking down you see evil; looking up you see God, looking down you see the Devil; looking up you see light, looking down you see shadow. But me, standing outside this glorious painting could see neither good nor evil, neither God nor Devil, neither light nor shadow: all I saw was glorious painting.

Even today, so much later, in certain moods all I still see is canvas and paint, rendered to render us that we shall give credence to the basic lie that there are opposites in truth.

This song sings of these opposites.

The Words:

Neither of evil and good
will come calling
you after your days
and those plays are all through

Neither of evil and good
will come sifting
your ashes in search of you

Neither of pleasure and pain
will come scouring
your soul for disgrace
or a trace of a sin

Neither of pleasure and pain
will come hailing
the new life you must begin

And you an always lightless color
are you alarmed by this at all

Neither of evil and good
will surprise you
as far as I can recall

And you an always lightless color
are you amazed by this at all

Neither of pleasure and pain
will entice you
as far as I can recall

Neither of sadness and hope
will come saving
your vanishing game
or the name you still know

Neither of sadness and hope
will come holding you
now that it's time to go

Neither of shadow and light
will come offering
solace and grace
as you brace for the ride

Neither of shadow and light
will come whispering
promises by your side

And you an always lightless color
are you aware of this at all

Neither of sadness and hope
will deceive you
as far as I can recall

And you an always lightless color
are you attuned to this at all

Neither of shadow and light
will conceive you
as one day you may recall

Ulf Wolf
March 1997/May 2015
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