It is the dark that contains all the colors… -Gunnar Ekelöf

It is the dark that contains all the colors
Not the light
Even if it be the saffron-yellow for a bride
Or the blood-red for a harlot
What else are colours but shadows
Or shades of light?
Lay colours on top of each other and you get black
The purest vision
Is pure shadow
The opposite of light

If you look right into the sun
Or a white hot iron
And then shut your eyes
Only then will you see colour
The true colour of the blood
Which is your own, inward

Dark, tarnished are all colours
Except the black
Which can never become darker
In it you see me.

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