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Chelsea, Your essay was wise and beautiful. It reminded me of something Wendell Berry, a favorite poet of mine, wrote:
"To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings."
So many poets (Whitman, Stevens, Frost, +) have embraced the night. My you, may we all find beauty and song and and joy in the edges of the night.