believe in light–dVerse Poetics


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believe in light

when clouds roll in, obscure the face of light,
erase all trace of blue and blackest night,
cover the earth with crystal flakes of snow—
then i believe, though i can’t see or know.

when clouds roll in, obscure the sky above
and hide from sight the beauty of the stars,
i must hold true the faith that they still shine.

erase all trace of brightest blue and night.
trust that the things so hidden still exist
to guide our souls through darkness and through mist.

cover the earth with purest crystal snow.
when morning comes the sun breaks through the clouds
and faith’s rewarded with a daytime star.

then i believe in what i cannot know
so that the Star, behind the bank of clouds
shines still before the myst’ry of the night.

We’re seeing STARS over at dVerse Poetics Tuesday. Toni, Kansen Sakura, has us writing poetry on this subject–so symbolic at this time of the year when so many cultures celebrate light shining in the darkness. Because our skies here in the Sierra have been obscured by cloud cover that delivered a sweet layering of snow, my mind went to faith.

This is the last week before we take a winter break over at the Pub…one more prompt on Thursday, and then the doors will close for a couple of weeks so that we can spend the time with families and friends, each celebrating in our own way. We do hope to see you join us and, in the meantime, many good wishes, blessings for the holidays and for 2016.

The doors to the Pub swing open Tuesday 12:00 EST.

Just for the fun of it, I would like to share some photos of our Christmas lights–indoors and out:

Photo and Lights: David Slotto, 2015

Photo and Lights: David Slotto, 2015

Photo: David Slotto, 2016--detail of porch railing

Photo: David Slotto, 2016–detail of porch railing

Photo: David Slotto, 2014 Tree and Advent Wreath

Photo: David Slotto, 2014
Tree and Advent Wreath

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29 thoughts on “believe in light–dVerse Poetics

  1. 5h2o says:

    Very lovely. Have a wonderful holiday!

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  2. Kate Mia says:

    An invisible Sun
    A Star of Warmth
    inside of
    uS..
    hidden
    by worries
    of life.. but
    just waiting
    to shine again..
    for those
    who once
    again find
    Child’s Delight
    in Wondernows
    of ever bright..
    Truly.. Love and Peace
    starts with one starT of
    each of Us.. as child of Love..
    moving connecting creating US..:)

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  3. We don’t have to see them, just to know that they are there.

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  4. Ava Hypatia says:

    Reading your poem aloud, your star words and faith words entranced me using this poetic style.

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  5. Sabio Lantz says:

    Believing peace will return — faith in what we can’t be sure — is likewise useful. Interesting message.

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    • You make such a good point–perhaps there seems to be nothing more obscure right now than our hope for peace. Not sure that, at 72 in a couple of weeks, I will see it. But then, my entire life has been lived in war–born in the midst of WWII and lost my father to the same. So useless.

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  6. The essence of faith: believing in something ephemeral that is obscured from your five senses. So perfectly said. Makes me wish for a cold night and some snow!

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  7. Kathy Reed says:

    So softly you distinguish between the light and clouds, the faith we need to survive in this world. Lovely home with Christmas lights adds to the poem’s beauty, Victoria.

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  8. whimsygizmo says:

    “then i believe in what i cannot know” — YES. Isn’t that just the magic of stars?

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  9. Bryan Ens says:

    The stars obscured by cloud is such a lovely metaphor for belief, even when we can’t see God. Wonderful piece!

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  10. Goose bumps from this one! Lovely! Happy Holidays and see you after New Year!

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  11. Prajakta says:

    Lovely photographs and gorgeous words! The faith we have that even though we cannot see the stars, they are there – this faith we can extend to so many other things in life as well.

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  12. Sumana Roy says:

    strong faith will always shine bright filling the world with hope and light…beautiful Victoria and lovely photos…

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  13. Bodhirose says:

    I love the title of your beautifully written poem of faith and hope, Victoria. And enjoyed your photos of lights and sparkle too. I’m glad your hubby’s back is better. 😉

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  14. Candy says:

    this makes me sigh with peacefulness and hope

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  15. I love this! Just as we can be sure the stars are still there, though obscured by clouds (a phenomenon quite common where I’m from these past few weeks), we can be sure by faith that God is still there. Great picture of faith. Peace, Linda

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  16. Grace says:

    I love this part best Victoria:

    cover the earth with purest crystal snow.
    when morning comes the sun breaks through the clouds
    and faith’s rewarded with a daytime star.

    And your Christmas pictures are delightful with all the lights ~ And we don’t have snow yet here 🙂

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  17. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Love this hopeful prayer 🙂
    Beautifully penned.

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  18. What a great piece, full of hope. I especially like your careful rhyme scheme.

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  19. MarinaSofia says:

    From the literal to the metaphorical (we too have been plagued by fog rather than cloud lately, so no stars here either) – beautifully done. And thank you for sharing those gorgeous lights with us. A light-filled festival of delights you give us today!

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  20. kanzensakura says:

    Yes and that is what faith is – believing even when it seems it is the darkest. This is a beautiful poem. And your lights are so much fun! Merry Christmas. The photos and the snow on your page….I feel like I am in a live Christmas card. Blessings to you and all those you love.

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  21. I really like the idea of trusting in what shines behind.. the trust you feel, and how the stars can also be seen as a metaphor for all we might hope for, that sometimes feels obscured by those clouds…

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  22. Iremise says:

    Faith is what we cannot live a peaceful life without. How important it is to have faith.

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  23. Your poem is superb -so well crafted and so beautiful.

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  24. Mary says:

    Beautifully expressed. I think that we have to have faith that the Star still shines, even though often obscured by clouds. Merry Christmas, Victoria. What beautiful decorations you have!

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  25. ghostmmnc says:

    Beautiful poem, beautiful lights!

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