Sourceless Light



Some ask for the world
and are diminished
in the receiving
of it. You gave me
only this small pool
that the more I drink
from, the more overflows
me with sourceless light.
~R.S. Thomas  “Gift”


A silence slipping around like death,
Yet chased by a whisper, a sigh, a breath,
One group of trees, lean, naked and cold,
Inking their crest ‘gainst a sky green-gold,
One path that knows where the corn flowers were;
Lonely, apart, unyielding, one fir;
And over it softly leaning down,
One star that I loved ere the fields went brown.
~Angelina Weld Grimke “A Winter Twilight”


I am astonished at my thirstiness
slaked by such simple things
as a moment of pink,
a burst of birdsong,
the softness of fluff about to let go,
a glimpse of tomorrow over the horizon of today.





3 thoughts on “Sourceless Light

  1. Thank you, Emily, for a much-needed look at one of our society’s deepest illnesses.

    Thomas’s poetic truism and your lovely thoughts touch upon one of these illnesses when you both describe our not having ‘enough’ – of anything — to taste, to satiate hunger for more and more of all that the world has to offer. Such seekers are soon reduced to a state of boredom and emptiness by substituting a temporary means to escape from, to not see, the reality of a suffering world.

    Inherent within this hunger from which we never seem able to quench our desires or wants is the eventual realization that what we really need and that for which we endlessly seek is the fullness for that which will fill our souls and our lives completely.

    As faith-filled people we know who and what will fill our lives with the light and spiritual food that will satisfy forever. There is only ONE SOURCE. We know how and where to find it.

    We have only to ask and it will be given to us.


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