"Invocation to Kali"

Kali, be with us.
Violence, destruction, receive our homage.
Help us to bring darkness into light,
To lift out the pain, the anger,
Where it can be seen for what it is --
The balance-wheel for our vulnerable, aching love.
Put the wild hunger where it belongs.
Within the act of creation,
Crude power that forges a balance
Between hate and love.
Help us to be the always hopeful
Gardeners of the spirit
Who know that without darkness
Nothing comes to birth
As without light
Nothing flowers.
Bear the roots in mind.
You, the dark one, Kali
Awesome power.

-- May Sarton