Sunday, February 14, 2016

By Candlelight!

"Midnight Study Session"

I’m awake; I am in the world-
I expect
no further assurance.
No protection, no promise.

Solace of the night sky,
the hardly moving
face of the clock.

I’m alone- all
my riches surround me.
I have a bed, a room.
I have a bed, a vase
of flowers beside it.
And a nightlight, a book.

I’m awake; I am safe.
The darkness like a shield, the dreams
put off, maybe
vanished forever.

And the day-
the unsatisfying morning that says
I am your future,
here is your cargo of sorrow:

Do you reject me? Do you mean
To send me away because I am not
full, in your word,
because you see
the black shape already implicit?

I will never be banished. I am the light,
your personal anguish and humiliation.
Do you dare
send me away as though
you were waiting for something better?

There is no better.
Only (for a short space)
the night sky like
a quarantine that sets you 
apart from your task.

Only (softly, fiercely)
the stars shining. Here,
in the room, the bedroom.
Saying I was brave, I resisted,
I set myself on fire.

--"Stars" by Louise Gluck--


Created for the 'Candlelight' theme at Cheeky Challenge.

7 comments:

  1. Wonderful roject and a great poem

    Thank you for commenting on mine

    Love Chrissie xx

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  2. A fantastic page, love the poem.
    Yvonne

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  3. this enticed me into feeling that if i parted from this space now or tomorrow, i will have already left a footprint, my breath

    gracias for this

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  4. A great idea studying by candlelight wonderful details and lovely prose...well done.

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  5. A great idea studying by candlelight wonderful details and lovely prose...well done.

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  6. hallo, hallo dear sister in mind...says PIPPA

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  7. She is totally amazing. Love how you created this fabulous scene and the prose too. FABULOUS ! Thanks for joining in with Dezinaworlds cheeky challenge x

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