"Eat up the darkness with wit, wine and wisdom." - T.S. Eliot We are made in a place not our own. The holy books say I am clay. Breathed into when I was not looking. Prone to eat darkness in darkened rooms. It is not our fault when those who confess to love us leave home when we return to stay. I can puzzle about their motives all night while my daughters run around on the lawn with sparklers looking like darkened fairies. Was my grandmother looking into a darkened future as she held her youngest great-grandchild against her chest for the last time? So often there are too many miles down a long and darkened road which keep us from being in each other's presence. Why, then, must either of our darkened minds lift a finger of accusation against the other as if pointing at a flaw somewhere defines a simple treatment that would heal us?