negative discovery

Tell me:

Are you much in the habit

of looking—never finding

whatever it is

for which you search,

but instead apprising yourself

of knowledge, unwelcome and


If thee are like me, prithee:

What do ye seek?

If for love, you find emptiness;

If for strength, you find fear—

If for truth, you grasp

the ubiquity of


Then you, too,

have happened upon

negative discovery

If in looking for X, you stumble upon Y

If while hunting after one, you’re surrounded by five

If while scrying the depths, you’re left high and dry—

Then you’re privy to

the quest that I lead


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