Little Bird of Doubt

Templo Santo Domingo, Zacatecas, México

The churches of Zacatecas have one thing in common: a pervasive darkness.
In Templo Santo Domingo: shadows on the altar, shadows lurking behind the crucifix, shadows hovering like ravens above the baptismal font. The opening words of Genesis seem to presage the scene: “…and darkness was upon the face of the deep….”
But how much darkness can I endure? How long can I consort with shadows? My soul cries out for light.
I run to the church’s massive front doors, peer out into the sunlit street, and see for myself that “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).
One glimpse of the light is enough. I turn back to enter the gloom and to embrace the darkness that dwells in me, and in all of us.


Little bird of doubt,
I caught you in the darkness,
fed you crumbs of light.

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on August 12, 2013, in Carpe Diem, haibun, haiku, Kamishibai, Mexico, Zacatecas and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. A haunting feeling, MMT. More light… Intense and beautiful writing.

  2. I’m not religious, but I appreciate what you have done here.

    The haiku is magnificent.


  3. what a light in the darkness are you, dear friend! breathtaking words! (seriously!)

  4. What a wonderful haibun MMT. I like the contrast between the darkness and light. I think in every one and everything is that contrast strongly present. It’s the everlasting battle between light and dark, day and night. Thank you for sharing.

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