That’s not my dark side –
That’s your unenlightened side
You’re not aware of –
A side as much in need of
Enlightening as you do
05.11.16 – 05.14.16
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
People are complex. They can have seemingly opposite or poorly matched aspects in their personalities without being contradictory or hypocritical. It’s called range and breadth. Yet, some people can’t seem to understand that. I’m not talking about anything extreme here. I’m talking basically the difference between Disney and the recent more complex Marvel superheroes who aren’t pure and straightforward good characters.
Those people who can’t understand that people are complex with breadth and range to their personalities, they need to be enlightened instead of judging others to have a dark side of being something they can’t understand. The problem is not a dark side existing in those they judge. The problem is their unenlightened sides that need enlightening!
The poems titled Tanka, followed by a number, are tanka composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Tanka collection.