We loved the light and dark imagery of Tracey Murray's poem, and how it manages to convey strength and depth of emotion via a gentle and peaceful tone. Beautiful.
Author's introduction: This short, stream-of-consciousness poem is intended to symbolize the change one person can bring to another person’s life; how a person closed off (from society? Happiness? Friendship? Love?) can be reached with acceptance, patience and a sharing of the inner light we all have the ability to create and put out into the world.
by Tracy Murray
For so long
You sought shelter in the shadows
A creature resigned to darkness
The wall was high and slick,
You liked it that way.
What I want you to know
Is that the brightest light
Can breed the deepest, safest shadows
And in time, even the strongest fortresses
I am patient, and full of light.
Tracy Murray is a Quality Management Systems Consultant who grew up in the Salt Lake Valley, and now lives in upstate New York with her husband, 2 sons, 2 rescue dogs and 14 chickens. She is also a fiddle player, Pirate Enthusiast, and Trout Whisperer.
Cover image by Giovanni Ribeiro via Unsplash