Ever puzzled over the instructions which came with some new household machine, car manual or flat-pack furniture?
Life is like that…
I bought this thing quite a long time ago
But never needed it, so never assembled
The impressive confusing parts
But now I’ve started to read the instructions
And as always, I suppose,
They don’t quite make sense.
“Stand on the bank of the river
Summon the ferryman and give him silver
And he will carry you over.” That makes sense.
But then apparently the other side
Is somewhere underneath us. Then again
It says, “Flow into the distant stars
Towards a light that is not quite a star.”
You can’t go down, across and up at the same time!
Though in the depths of this black silent pool
Which shimmers with the lights of star and moon
Maybe I’ve seen the answer after all.