Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Light in Darkness

This is something I've wanted to draw/paint since I recently read a passage in a Louise Penny novel that uses the image of a moth's battering itself against a porchlight. It didn't occur to me to write it until I saw a prompt at d'Verse Poets. I still will draw it. That's next on my list. Meanwhile:

LIGHT IN DARKNESS


As for the Light in Darkness,

it's only just

a bare bulb promise

against which the lonesome soul

taps and taps 

her insistent longing

in an inevitable song 

of the night.

24 comments:

  1. you've captured a moth's short but resilient existence. when i take my two mini poodles out at night to relieve themselves i first need to turn off the front lantern off otherwise i have a swarm of moths fly into the house. they are loud sometimes with all that head banging. wonder if they listen to music when they do that?

    gracias for sharing

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  2. Am loving your "Light in the Darkness" this morning, Karen. It will be my inspiration for a later Toad poem for today, I will try to tell a whopper. Thank you. I have one in mind, not written, that I might write up if I can remember what. If I can't, then I had a whopper of a dream just before I woke up.

    Right now I'm sitting in a white rocking chair on our back porch watching the mower guy with his tractor out on the golf course. Having cracked open the iPad, now I'm waiting for our Katrin, toy poodle, to finish her morning things.
    Best wishes on your drawing/painting project. I'd like to see your finished product. Thank you again,
    ..

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  3. A perfect poem, Karen...just beautiful. I love moths so much that I let them eat my flowers and some of my tomatoes just to be born. The gorgeous pink & black Spinx moth is worth much more than a tomato. xo

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  4. well sketched. speaking of moths, you may like the poetry blog titled Outlasting Moths ~

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  5. "bare bulb promise"
    That image alone says a whole lot about veracity.

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  6. Beautiful image you create... for the moth that insistent longing sometimes is also its demise... so much passion for light that you could die for it!! amazing!

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    1. ps--I *was* wondering just how this tied in! (saw your remarks at Toads). No matter, it's still beautiful and well worth the read!

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  8. Love the imagery of the moth against the bulb; quite an ambiguous write--I thought of a soul tapping from within a bulb as well... quite haunting.

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  9. I enjoyed this .. it also works well with the Magpie Tales challenge this week! I love the profile photo of you, lovely.

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  10. we have a cabin which seems to be home to uncountable miller moths who bang away against lights - It always seems to me that those who navigate in darkness are blinded by the light. Your poem reminded me of that thought.

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  11. Sensual...this feels like a spring awakening as well. Nicely written!

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  12. A bare bulb - despite its harshness is still a beacon in the darkness.. But looking too much into that light the darkness will just be darker.

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  13. I like the bare bulb promise...a tiny glimpse of hope in the darkness ~

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  14. Very fond of Louise Penny(I love her character of the old irascible poet woman with the pet duck) and an excellent little piece full of bittersweet promises which really are lies, but apparently for the moth, ones worth dying for.

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  15. That's a powerful metaphor. And I'm a Louise Penny fan too. A poignant write.

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  16. Wow. I love the "bare bulb promise" and the way it seems like so much more.

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  17. I have heard that song before...it is interesting how the light just draws things to it.

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  18. Karen, this is stunning. I found the tone in it's nudging way to be very effective. "An inevitable song of night" is a simply gorgeous ending. Thanks for posting to the Out of Standard

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  19. Some very powerful images, Karen! I am a Louise Penny fan too, even if a very new one.

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  20. Well done…I especially liked a "bare bulb promise."

    =)

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  21. Gorgeous! I love Louise Penny. And I can't wait to see your artwork!

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