Light after darkness


It was a nice bright morning here in Ireland and it is always heartening when we see the sun beginning to brighten the sky. So, here are another few words from Mary Oliver, on how darkness, in different senses, can give way to light, and how nature can soothe the spirit. Often at night the fixing side of our mind gets stuck in some problems or challenges we face and it can seem very dark. The light of morning or of nature can sometimes put things into perspective:

All night my heart makes its way
however it can over the rough ground
of uncertainties, but only until night
meets and then is overwhelmed by
morning, the light deepening, the
wind easing and just waiting, as I
too wait (and when have I ever been
disappointed?) for redbird to sing.

Mary Oliver, A Thousand Mornings

3 thoughts on “Light after darkness

  1. A beautiful dawn, and a resonant poem. Tomorrow is the 14th anniversary of the death of my only child. On these special days I like to sit and remember as I watch the day break. I shall also reflect on these words by Mary Oliver. Thank you for, what is for me, a perfect combination.

  2. Mary Oliver’s poetry makes sense to me on many levels. Thank you for posting this beautiful poem.

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