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27 Apr

It Takes Some Darkness

It Takes Some Darkness


Patti Masterman


Patti Masterman hails from Oklahoma City, United States of America. Born on 24th of May 1960, Masterman manifested a special liking for poetry since her lower school years. She loves to write down and share with the world her own unique life experiences. She loves it best when poetry comes naturally to her – writing a poem without any effort and expectation and then being startled at the finished product when the final word is written. An insatiable reader, she enjoys reading a diverse assortment of poetry by other poets, both living and dead. “It Takes Some Darkness” is a wonderful testament of Patti Masterman’s matchless style, class and craft. The poem works on the principle of contrasts and divergences. Binaries are set against each other to bring out their exclusivity and splendour.


It takes some darkness to unveil the light:

The dark diamond, in the midst of squalor;

Revelatory schism, of blackest night.


It takes some evil, to unmask the pure:

The slanted shadow, running crooked walls;

Trickle near the stream, of tainted sewer.


It takes the demon, to oppose the saint:

As cunning plans, reveal the innocent;

And bravest courage, holds up the faint.


In the midst of two illumined souls,

A mirror shows back to them their splendor;

But beside that fullness: the ravening hole.

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