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Sanctuary

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.

 

Sanctuary

by Tracy Murray


For so long

You sought shelter in the shadows

A creature resigned to darkness

Silent, detached.

Watching.

The wall was high and slick,

Impassable… safe.

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

Can crumble.

I am patient, and full of light.


 

Author Bio

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

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