29. Silence (the paradox)

Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” —John 8:31

The truth will not arrive by mail
but echoes with the unread
catalogs in the recycling bin.

The truth will not be printed in the news
but waits in the clean uncolored corners
where the child has lifted his painting.

The truth is not revealed by conversation
but in the uncomfortable pauses
while questions lie unanswered.

The truth will not be found in books
but in the settling of the mind
after the lights are out.

The truth that sets you free
can be heard only in freedom.

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