Sweet Darkness

Fire frames the heavens,

inscribing “Glory!” in the sky.  You,

in an eternal instant illumine earth and

we see grace lurking in corners, and

peace hiding in the alleyways, and

hope about to spring on us

from behind its hunting blind;

courage stalking us from its perch.


All is clear for this

luminous moment, and then,

again, sweet darkness.


We fall into that

Mystery encompassing

even light with love.


7 thoughts on “Sweet Darkness

  1. Marie Taylor says:

    I liked the phrase ‘sweet darkness’ – so gentle and safe.

  2. shoreacres says:

    I had to smile at the contrast between your winter photo and the first line, about fire framing the heavens. It reminded me of the bush that burned but was not consumed — except you have snow, that doesn’t melt.

    We do talk about flashes of insight, don’t we? Here, the flash illumines all those qualities we possess but don’t see — such an interesting thought.

    This comes to mind, too. I took a flash photo of my kitty one night, and that was enough. She was so frightened by the camera’s flash, she ran out of the room every time i picked up the camera. It took months to bring her back to the point where she’d allow a photo. Maybe she imagined the camera’s flash as a fire framing her heavens.

    • agjorgenson says:

      Funny story about your cat! If I was to footnote this poem, I would have to credit Karl Barth, who spoke of revelation as a lightning flash, illumining for brief instances the real state of affairs. As you can imagine, it is hard to get this bit about Barth into a line! But I have to say that I have thought quite a lot about it, and suspect I will continue to do so for a time…

      • shoreacres says:

        And then there’s Mark Twain, who said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. “

  3. dianerivers says:

    Grace lurking, peace hiding, hope springing, courage stalking – the idea of being made suddenly aware of all these good things is thrilling to me. And even more so that when the awareness melts back into sweet darkness, everything is again encompassed with love. It’s enough. Beautiful!

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