According to Wikipedia, ‘darkness’ is the opposite of brightness. Not so helpful if you’ve never felt brightness, but I think most of us understand darkness anyway. Urbandictionary.com is more helpful. They say darkness is found in the deepest part of our mind, somewhere more important then the heart. A cold place. Darkness was a major weapon that the Dark Lords of Middle-earth, Melkor-Morgoth and Sauron, used to instill fear in the Free peoples.

The Merriam-Webster thesaurus has 35 synonyms of darkness, including black, blackness, dark, gloaming, gloom, murk, night, shade, shadows and umbra.

We humans have lived in the light for most of our history, banishing the darkness to night things. Science has tried to conquer the darkness by giving us artificial light so we can at least see our shadows at night. Now researchers are using the cold of the dark night sky to power thermoelectric devices. The chill is caused as the top surface radiates heat energy at a wavelength that passes through the atmosphere and is dumped into the vastness of space. That creates a 2°C temperature difference across the device—enough to make 25 milliwatts of power per square meter. They have possibly never read Macbeth. Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.”

Darkness is essential to sleep. The absence of light sends a message to the body to rest. But it doesn’t hide the fears that creep into my mind in the middle of the night. The mounting panic attacks that strike around 3 o’clock in the morning.

I have read so much advice about climbing out of the darkness, but it’s only when I learned to accept the darkness as being part of who I am that I was able to see my way more clearly.

Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again.