It is dangerous to know me
dangerous to love and to try to understand me
for I am as intangible as the mist
to grasp me is to grasp at a wave as it crashes against the shore
or embrace sand, or take a drink of moonlight
It is dangerous to come close
into the secret chambers of my heart
what will you find there?
Will you find the image you have engraved in your mind?
Will you behold a vision pleasing to you?
Or with the air of unfamiliarity
will you flee in terror?
If you wish to love me
Better it were that you should run far from me
remain untouched by me
for I am like Shiva, the destroyer
I take up the hearts of men
and for a time all is peace
but then the world comes to an end
am I caught in a never-ending cycle of death?
Doomed to destroy those who come seeking life?
Oh men of this earth,
why do you come to me seeking beauty?
That which you seek is the image of the divine
I will be your undoing
seek God instead
for in me is the road down to Sheol
My lovers do not dally with me for a time
and then move on, unaffected.
They assimilate me into their hearts
and see nothing but me in their futures
So that when I disentangle myself from their arms
I take with me their souls
and they are left
broken and shattered