Ryan Keating


“He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.” Daniel 2:22

He knows what lies in darkness:
Shadows slipping into closets
With staccato steps whispering Conspiracy;
Clumps of envying lizard beings
Scraping the cloth beneath the mattress;
And all the hideous monsters hiding
In the deep of Nebuchadnezzar’s nightmares—
Unspoken threats to power
And the power to unself kings.

He knows what lies in darkness.
The setting sun that curves past
The horizon of the knowable
Dwells with him as a light crown
Glinting off the mountain peak
Where no clouds obscure his reign,
Where rocks roll down to crumble
Corrupt regimes into dusty clay
And everything is revealed
And everything is his kingdom.


Ryan Keating is a winemaker, teacher, and writer on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. His work can be found or is forthcoming in publications such as Saint Katherine Review, Ekstasis Magazine, Vocivia Magazine, Box, and Amethyst Review.