SOLACE

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    SOLACE

Darkness leans over the light
Until light is extinguished,
Leaving us to reach out
For some old philosophy,
Cobbled together
By really determined thinkers,
Looking to make sense
Of this situation of living
We find ourselves in.

What we long for is a fail-safe,
Easily learnt, easily practised
Way of keeping out the darkness.
Maybe a small avenue
Tucked away in a faded corner of our heart,
Lit by a single perfectly placed candle
Giving a faint but steady light of hope,
Because we could not cope
With anything brighter.

That would keep darkness
Outside the door,
Outside the window,
Easing the pain that would demolish us.

Of course, prayer is there,
Telling us what we already know.
That only love can turn the eternal around.
Only love bring light
To lean on the darkness
Until darkness is extinguished
And we can find a way through.

                 © 2021 Gwen Grant

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