Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Light of Gold

author's note:

As the darkest day of the year approaches...

...I say it's a good time to find our gold.


Someone told me:
if you touch this gold piece
you will understand
our human life...

but afterwards,
though a little more enlightened
I still could not see
as clearly as I wished.

that one touch did awaken me
to a stubborn desire
only dimly sensed before:

this life of mine
would be devoted to finding
the light of gold--

a quest with so many frustrations:

what I discovered
often did not touch me
in the way that I had hoped

and what did provoke
might later fail to move me
when I returned
expecting a repeat.

At times, this world
seemed dead to me--

a false perception, yes
but a helpful one because
I then turned within

and by digging, I again found gold

in the dark--my progress so slow

but the vein steady

waiting patiently to be uncovered...

and the more I raised
the more the landscape outside shone...

but no--
the outside had always shone:

I just didn't see, didn't feel before

how this world constantly
touches me, provokes me--

moving me to show
my own gold in response.

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
listening to silence: the book

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