- naked light
who turned on the naked light,
suspended like a question mark
at the end of the hallway?
smudges of dark raw tung oil
dry like quiet shadows
where colors died before the fall
and the bulb, naked and alone
like adam and eve in the garden
is hot to the touch.
like an apple, scorching their lips
as they sought to hide
behind bushes and stones,
their nakedness revealed in the light
when moses saw the bush burning with fire,
(but the bush was not consumed.)
who then would toss the first stone?
“he who is without sin,”
let him be the first to throw a stone at her.
yet they were convicted by their conscience
—revealed in the light—
was it you who turned on the naked light?
do you not see that because you did not glorify god
your foolish heart is darkened?
it’s there, in the light. revealed.
© 2012, tolbert. All rights reserved.