Light Ahead

Photo: Sue Vincent

 

After weeks of gray and thistles and ceaseless wind that scraped her raw, there was light.

She could scarcely believe it at first.

The cloud cover had been so complete for so long that she’d began wondering if there was even a real sun still behind it. The revolutions of soupy daylight and inky nights felt equally murky as every step became oppressive. She had waking dreams of being lost inside a massive warehouse, a mouse in a maze, endlessly seeking an exit yet seeing none.

She wondered whether there was still use in trying. She was oh so tired.

Now there was a break. The sky spawned a cavity and the leaden heavens began to dissipate. She could discern a layer of ease in the distance.

And light, streaming like caressing fingers ahead. Showing the way home.

 

 

 

Note: Dedicated to the all-too-many who are staggering through their personal wilderness, caught in the molasses of gloom, and thinking of giving up — keep on, hold on. There’s light ahead, and we’re leaving it on for you.

For Sue Vincent’s WritePhoto challenge

 

 

Radiant Play

water's edge KarenForte

Photo: Karen Forte

 

At the edge of the day

Nestled flush

With the bay,

Light will dance

As it may

To invite you

To stay.

 

 

For the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Radiant

 

 

Climb Up

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Photo: Ofir Asif

 

Climb up

From the abyss

Toward the sun

Upon

The meadows.

Climb up

From way beneath

To where clouds are

The only

Shadows.

 

 

 

For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Chutes and ladders

 

A New Dawn

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Photo: Karen Forte

 

“…There’s a special beauty to the world resuming definition. I always loved pre-dawn and the gradual emergence of the world from under wraps of darkness. A hesitant light followed by a glorious brush of sunrise obliterating the black with oranges and yellows so bright you must look away and blink, only to find morning had arrived.

I walked faster now that I could see more of the ground in front of me. Brambles and tangled roots were easier to avoid and step over when I didn’t need to test every step.

Sunrise in the forest felt gentler than the ones I’d sat through on my porch. Not so much a blinding line of light across the sky as it was a filtering of color working its way from the canopies above and down the foliage, branches, trunks and finally the ground. Tired and worried, I still found myself mesmerized by the wonder of it all. Goosebumps covered my arms not only from the morning chill but also from something that felt almost like a memory: pink sky chasing blue across the ceiling of the world, the dazzled dance of dust along the shafts of molten, golden light. It felt familiar. Maybe I had seen a forest-sunrise during my own life’s dawn. …”

(Excerpt from “Outlawed Hope”)

 

For the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Sunrise

 

This Little Light

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Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

This little light

That shines

This little light

So fine

This little hand

Aglow:

May your wonder

In wonder

Grow.

 

 

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Lights

 

Waiting For Sunrise

waiting for sunrise InbarAsif

Photo: Inbar Asif

 

Silently

Night retraced

Steps across

Dawn’s new ledge

As the dark

Slowly braced

For light soon

To emerge.

 

 

For the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Light and dark

 

Night Light

HongKong InbarAsif

Photo: Inbar Asif

 

Dancing light on the water

A bright night in the bay

Turning shimmering rainbows

To melted ink on display.

 

For the Wits End Photo Challenge: Nightlife

 

Diagonal Climb

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Photo: Osnat Halperin-Barlev

 

The light climbs

Up the walls,

Its ancient pace

Never stalls,

Letting sun

Follow earth,

On a path

To rebirth.

 

 

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

 

Solstice Supplication

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Photo: Osnat Halperin-Barlev

 

 

Light stretches

On this day

To hold a hope

For those beset

By darkness.

May golden rays

Wrap hugs

Around the tears

At a world’s

Tipping point.