Today the light shone-the sun beaming through a clear, blue November sky.
As I walked I thought of Mary Oliver and her words:
Do you need a prod?
Do you need a little darkness to get you going?
Let me be as urgent as a knife, then,
and remind you of Keats,
so single of purpose and thinking, for a while,
he had a lifetime.
* From Oliver’s “The Fourth Sign of the Zodiac” which is published in her collection Blue Horses, The Penguin Press, New York, 2014
But today I don’t need the darkness.
It has done its job.
It has been my constant companion and I am grateful, for darkness has helped me to see this
this beautiful day.
And all I can think is, “Live.
It is the only thing you haven’t done;
Perhaps you tried, but
only in the space of shadows.”
A lifetime should not be reduced to a blot on a page.
The story is elsewhere
on clean, white paper.
written in a pen that doesn’t bleed.