The Properties of Light

i. dream light

I dream you drenched in river light
hazy     opalescent     matutinal
flickery moth wings in your strawberry
hair     then lightning     sudden cloud
burst     drenched again     cotton
sticking to skin     a reason for
disrobing

ii. sunflowers in fall

Their round faces
hang heavy, Earthward
like yellow-haired angels
weary of Heaven’s light.

They are big flowers
made of little flowers
arranged in spirals
like little galaxies

The way all Creation
descends from the same
mitochondrial code –
some call it God.

Bees feed on the pollen
and are yellow and brown
same as the flowers
of which they are made

So that every living thing
is suffused with light
and becomes light,
blooming with radiant energy.

Beneath the small flowers
that already are falling,
having given their gold,
are neat rings of seeds

Awaiting winter, when birds
will peck them apart
to feed the hunger
of that lightless season.

This is the miracle,
how light feeds flowers
and bees and birds
who scatter the seeds

To grow anew next spring.

iii. light, its opposite

A beam of light
passing through light
casts no shadow,

Is the invisible thing
that makes visible
all other things.

Love, too, is invisible,
but always casts a shadow,
even on darkest nights.

Especially.

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About Ray Sharp

Father, poet, triathlete, local public health planner
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