of light and darkness

To dim eyes
beauty shines bright
afire, aflame
too hot to handle
in everyday humdrum
the pain surrounding it
is difficult enough
but manageable
just a little at a time
pull a string here
a sharp pin there
for it’s all it can take
the voodoo doll
that is my heart

because some
       truths are so beautiful
       memories are so wonderful
       treasures are so big

they won’t fit anywhere
pour right through my fingers
slippery things that they are
so I slide round the edges
pray to the darkness
to show the light
by its absence
wallow in the black
hoping for the white
to find me in the corners
where I am hiding
afraid to be found
longing to be held
and led back to the light.


© Sybille Sterk
Do not copy or publish this poem in any way, shape or form without my written permission.

of light and darkness

Sybille Sterk

Joined July 2009

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Regina’s poem Speaking Of… got me thinking. Why is it that beauty is sometimes so hard to talk about (or write about) and why does it seem so much easier to write about the darkness inside us. Here’s one possible explanantion. Of course, another could be that we want to keep the beauty to ourselves whereas the darkness needs sharing? What do you think?

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