Darkness is Only a Degree of Light

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Darkness is Only a Degree of Light






When the year is at its nadir
and darkness overtakes
the light, someone,
lights a

The flame eases into your
consciousness and
you understand
that we were
to see.

Welcome all the children of
Earth. Revel in your need
to join in celebration.
Now’s the moment
to set the world
on fire.

55 thoughts on “Darkness is Only a Degree of Light

  1. zongrik says:

    that’s really deep, to think that we were created to see, but of course, we were created to use all our senses.


  2. What a wonderful sentiment!


  3. Morning says:

    lights contrast with each other, wow.

    amazing one. well done.


  4. tigerbrite says:

    Nice. A candle lit with reverence to spirit is so powerful.


  5. brian miller says:

    nice…i love it…i love candle light services to watch the wave of candles cross the room…to me that candle brings hope…


  6. This is very inspirational, with words creating very vivid messages. Again, I like the metaphors you used.

    My favorite lines are:
    “When the year is at its nadir
    and darkness overtakes
    the light, someone,
    lights a


  7. irenethebean says:

    well done!


  8. […] Victoria: https://liv2write2day.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/darkness-is-only-a-degree-of-light/ […]


  9. irenethebean says:

    This really spoke to me, with a human voice. Not one straining, not one begging for attention, but as subtle and powerful. really, great work


  10. brennanbogert says:

    Your poem really has a feeling of connection to other people and the world. It’s one of the most important things to realize and you made it clear and concise in this great poem. Thank you.


  11. Sam says:

    “We were created to see…”, Beautiful.


  12. Wordywoman says:

    Yes, love the revolutionary feel with the fire imagery!


  13. Ms. Peaches says:

    Victoria i see we were both on the same page with using darkness turning it into light! I’ve been missing reading your work but I’m back! Happy new year thanks for sharing this powerful piece I really love the last stanza!



  14. This is pure delight.

    Always a pleasant to visit here, Victoria!

    Blog on …


  15. Olivia says:

    Very well said Victoria.. Super liked it.. 🙂

    Now indeed is the moment to set the world on Fire.. all the very best to you and all..
    Wishing you a Wonderful New Year Dear One xox


  16. Ina says:

    Lovely !

    ♥ 2011 ♥


  17. dancingfreak says:

    lovely poem 🙂
    beautiful thoughts 🙂


  18. Thought provoking piece. The title alone had me thinking. Then you leveled me by saying “we were created to see” told a great story. I pray that all of us who do see the candle in the night will set the world on fire. Well done.

    Happy New Year!


  19. orange says:

    Love the lines – Now is the time to set the world on fire… also love the title… beautiful thoughts, penned beautifully..


  20. Beautifully written and beautifully presented, I love the way the syllables style the shape of the stanzas. Grea work.
    The Lonely Recluse.


  21. Bodhirose says:

    Didn’t realize you had a birthday, Victoria. I hope it was a nice one. xoxo


  22. trisha says:

    Just awesome! Loved it. its beautiful, wise and so true.


  23. A.B. Thomas says:

    Nicely done! loved the choice of “nadir”!


  24. TC says:

    Great peice, looking at things from a new light. new year, new light. thanks for sharing.
    happy rally!


  25. Tweety says:

    great one…somewhere someone lights a candle…beautiful…the world will be better place to live in when we all decide to follow this..


  26. This is really great and now is the moment to celebrate, and enjoy every filaments the world can offer. Wonderful. Happy New Year, Victoria and bless us all.


  27. Well said “darkness a degree of light” Like this, Thanks for sharing


  28. Carl says:

    I like this. I am battling for light at this time of year, and this is inspirational. The light is there. Thank you for this and thanks for stopping by and commenting on mine. I appreciate it!


  29. LeiffyV says:

    Very well done, set the world afire indeed! The darkness can never prevail if there is even a shade of light. Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece with us!


  30. I never saw darkness as a degree of light.
    That is a fantastic way to look at darkness.
    Great Quote.
    Happy New Year


  31. i love the soothing quality to this .. together with the photo. nice… happy new year 🙂


  32. Jingle says:


    hope that you enjoyed a lovely birthday yesterday,
    you are mentioned via the link.
    check it out.



    • Thank you, Jingle. I had a lovely birthday and appreciate including me in your celebrations. Blessing for the New Year. I will visit the other poets as soon as I can. We are packing to head down to warmer climate for a few months (leaving Sunday or Monday depending on the weather.)


  33. Bodhirose says:

    Loved this, Victoria. And so true–darkness is just a degree of light–and with the new year we can begin anew.

    Happy New Year to you! 🙂


  34. Jingle says:

    beautiful shapes,
    love the fire…

    let your loving desire,
    set the world on fire,
    celebration is on,
    Hope that you enjoyed a lovely day, poem on…

    Glad to see you in the rally.
    have fun!
    happy 2011.


  35. souldipper says:

    Victoria, this gives me all sorts of thrill waves. Motivational and inspiring.


  36. tolbert says:

    Beautifully written and illustrated with the free-form flame.

    I like that someone,
    lights a

    Not a million people, not even a thousand or hundred…
    someONE and then the flame catching on allows for the moment to set the world on fire! Beautiful.

    Hope your New Years in filled with warmth and light.


  37. DULCE says:

    Strong words I read here. New year new life
    Greatly done


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