Know thyself

Know thyself, and you will know why shadows

Are making love on empty walls,

And you will understand why summer

It’s always under autumn’s thrall.

 

Know thyself, and you will understand forever

Why footsteps haunt you in the dark

Why tears flow on mystic faces

And why Noah strived to build an ark.

 

Know thyself, and you will know the world

The nothingness from which was born

The silence in the land of Eleusis

While harvesting the ear of the corn.

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Reference to the Eleusinian Mysteries of ancient Greece, which included the ritual of “an ear of corn cut in silence.” It is believed that this ritual symbolized the birth of a new life.

 

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