Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Two Types of Light

author's note:

I needed to return to this poem for some additional rewrites...

Maybe three words now remain from the original version: "a", "and", and "the".


Years ago,
when the thunder god
offered me a higher charge
I'd already learned to say
--"no thanks"--
to something so bold.

Though I usually can ignore
the power shortage,
such lack is still mourned
in the depth of the heart.

But lightning denied
     will find ways to strike back--!

In the burnt aftermath
of the unexpected jagged flash
sometimes I can admit my loss
--admit my grief--

following some natural law
a different type of light offers itself:
a saturated light, steady and strong--

still too foreign to me
for me to hold it
for more than an evening;

however, now sometimes
that light can flow down
without needing a lightning bolt
to knock a hole in my ceiling...

© 2013, Michael R. Patton

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