When values fail, where lies your certainty?
The lights you've trusted have led you astray;
You've asked for guidance, back toward The Way.
You need a sign to know veracity.
You've sought your lights in dark places within,
The doors to crass, external guidance shut.
Your heart indeed is to be trusted, but
Its quiet voice is drowned beneath the din.
So reconsider, look again outside.
Come out and listen, meet the angels whom
You've disregarded, cloistered in your room,
Your self-reliance now unmasked as pride.
From sense or soul, the message is the same;
Fret not concerning whence the wisdom came.
-- JJM (#44 in the I Ching Sonnet Project