Thursday, April 16, 2009

What They Said About Light


Early each morning, the people quietly arose,
then emerged from their cottages
with their pitchers to fill them with light.

It was wonderful to see them
gathered at the well —

mothers first with their children,
each child with a pitcher of its own,
infants with tiny thimbles

old men trembling to keep hold,
farmers, midwives, poets.

There was a wise saying in those days:

             First, let us bring light.

Then someone came along
and broke all the pitchers.

But in time they found other ways
to bring light —

in their eyes, in their hearts, in their hands;

             in their minds.

And so their saying is right;
what they said about light, still stands.

(first publication)


Updates:
“What They Said About Light” added to Poems, Slightly Used.

In the Forum: scuppered elves.

3 comments:

~im just only me~ said...

Love! The idea, the tone, the history... I'll carry this one with me today...

William Michaelian said...

Okay, but remember — at midnight, it turns into a pumpkin.

~im just only me~ said...

Me too incidentally, or maybe coincidentally... that is weird!