Written for: dVerse Poets Pub - St. Lucy - bringing light
into the darkness
(posted by sarahsouthwest)
"St Lucy is especially loved and commemorated in Scandinavia – I guess they really feel the darkness at this time of year, and the need for a little light and celebration.
There’s something very arresting about the image of a young girl crowned in candles making her way through the darkness. It calls to us. It’s a story that we need, and a story that has lived down through the centuries precisely because we need it.
Tonight, I want you to think about the lights we have at this time of year. Candlelight, firelight, but also fairy lights, streetlights – and those massive displays of Christmas lights that people put up in their front gardens. What are we warding off? The darkness, and all the things that dwell in it. I like the idea of Lucy/Lussi as the flip sides of light and darkness. Dark is winning right now, but in a week or two we’ll start to notice a slight lengthening of the days, an easing back into the light."
We need candlelight to blur
the electric shock
of news each day.
Firelight glows, crackles,
comforts in Winter.
We need more fairy lights
to make us believe there
is still goodness
in the world.
A light cast on sidewalks
by street lamps softly
and safely guide us.
I have seen front lawns
with every blown up
to do with Christmas.
Some families like to
display as many lights
as possible, in different
colors that flash garishly.
A bit of greenery,
and small lights,
draw you to the
cozy feel of a
home. You smile.
We all need more
reasons to smile.
I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York.
My goal is to create and share poetry with others
who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve
in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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Have a very Happy Christmas and a Safe New Year.
Thanks so much. Have a peaceful, happy year!
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Alas, we have to conserve electricity here in Sweden, it is really dark in our neighborhood.
Then you really do need some light thoughts. Sorry to hear that.
Yes, we do need to smile at this time of year!
So many beautiful points of light, Sara.
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Oh my heart this is so poignant. I especially relate to; “We need more fairy lights
to make us believe there is still goodness in the world.”💘💘💘
Thanks so much, Sanaa!