the truth

the truth is
a mysterious flower
of 1000 petals.
you get to see a color,
touch the fabric
(you might feel emboldened).
it happens that
appearances shift to accommodate
your expectations & needs.
(imagine that!). now and again
you catch a glimpse
below the surface
(may feel as though you lost it).
the lower levels
are ethereal, hazy, capricious,
and ambiguously responsive.
the inner essence
must remain
forever veiled.