The Inquisition of St Giles

by Andy Jackson

Patron Saint of Noctiphobics

“You think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it”
from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

How did you know that you were born? All I did
was drip like wax from one womb to another.

Where have you been all this time? Without light
the whole world looks the same. Here.

How did you know yourself in the dark? I had  
no mirrors. Therefore I was beautiful.

What did you eat?  What did you wear?
Curiosity fed me. Obscurity clothed me.

When did you learn to speak? This is not me
speaking; this is you talking to yourself.

How can you live without a sense of sight?
Easily; no walls. A blind man’s holiday.

Were you alone? I prayed to hear a voice.
When someone spoke, it grew a little lighter.

What did the darkness say to you? It said
I like your eyes. What do you feed them on?