I know what I have believed

I have noted before the “lie” in believe.
I continue to think it important—
implicit reminder
not that what we believe is a lie,
but of the consistent need to acknowledge
the possibility of the lie
in what we believe and do not—
do not therefore know.

At the same time,
how fun (and important) to recognize as well,
that knowing contains both “no”—
which is, in part, what we can reject
on the basis of what we know,
but constitutes, as well, the negation
of what we only think we know and don’t!

Knowing contains both “no”
and “now”—
as if there’s an immediacy to our knowledge—
and, more often than we might think,
a temporal horizon
beyond which what we know,
we may not—
may but believe.


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