Fumbling in the dark

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times,
if one only remembers to turn on the light.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Searching for the light switch,
fumbling in the dark, thinking,
not again, the dark,
not again having to buck up
to face those who, with glad hearts,
would destroy so much goodness,
who would wage war on kindness
and generosity and the very earth
on which everyone walks

because they see themselves
as an “us” that does not include
so many—not this one or that one
or that whole group of ones over there,

especially not those in the dark,
who, because of the embodied dread,
cannot find the switch that would
enlighten things, that, once flipped,
might stay on for a while.

The thing is not to lose heart,
the thing is not to give in to the fear
they’re peddling, the hatred,
the thing is not to see anyone as other,
not even them.

The thing is to keep groping in the dark,
find the candle and the match
to strike against some hard surface,
watch the blue center of the tiny flame
flicker deeply within the orange,
feel its baby warmth for a bit.

But what if the match goes out?
a small voice cries.

Find another
and another
and another,
hand them to the others
there in the darkness, too,
and strike them against
a hard place, all together,
until the shadows regenerate
into an ocean of blue flame
embedded in orange,

like the descending sun before
it pretends to sink into a cobalt sea,
that big, blazing ball of light,
which has no sense of its
alleged disappearance,
which has no doubt that
it will rise again.



About janishaag

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22 Responses to Fumbling in the dark

  1. Hilary A says:

    Thank you, dear Jan. xo >

  2. Jo Shuman says:

    😊 Thnx for sending en”light”ening post. 😊

  3. carolburnettva@gmail.com says:



  4. Connie Johnstone says:

    Thank you Jan. Beautiful. Love,Connie

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. ray&lynne simpson says:

    This is so on target………..and beautifully written………….thank you! l, L

  6. Kathryn Hohlwein says:

    Oh, my darling friend – this says it all beautifully. Kathryn

  7. Beautiful and perfect, just like you are.

  8. Shelley says:

    “No doubt that it will rise again”!! Beautiful. Thank you, Jan

  9. buzzardnotes says:

    An ideal comment that everyone should read. Thank you for writing it so eloquently and expressing some of my very thoughts. Hugs,

  10. Annie Peters says:

    Beautifully expressed, Jan. You know, the wildest of fires often starts with a couple of matches. Thanks for the reminder to not let mine blow out up here in WA.

  11. Kerry Drager says:

    Just wonderful, Jan … my thoughts, too, but as everyone else mentioned, you expressed them so eloquently!!

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