Blood makes black things white,
but white things without blood become
black, or, at best, yellow or gray. This is not myth.
It is not even the law, weak and useless,
that became obsolete. It's a principle built in the nature of things
now, like the spectrum displayed by the sun’s waves when it sets
and the distance of balanced push-and-pull between the stars.
There is one way to make living black clean
and that is with death.