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Make Yourself a Light

Hannah Wilson

Make Yourself a Light

The poem says the Buddha said
Make yourself a light.

That is all. I am relieved
of the need to be Good,

to be Wise, to be Other.
All I need do is walk ahead

so my children can see
into the dark.

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"Make Yourself a Light" from Hard Love: Writings on Intimacy and Violence, Queen of Swords Press. Copyright © 1997 by Hannah Wilson. Reprinted with permission.


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