Rise

in this life,
there is a rising that isn’t always from death,
a flight that doesn’t always end in breaking

if we pay attention,
brilliant beams pass through us like water,
and, if we’re still enough,
we experience every imaginable light

and every now and then,
a current sweeps through us,
carrying with it our broken hearts to grieve,
as they should

then, a raging river lifts us,
floating us over the low gray hills,
up, up,
elsewhere,
to find the place where the light,
even if dimmed, never diminishes

for, we are more than breath,
alone,
more than the thickness of the air that surrounds us,
more than the rupturing into molecule and atom;
we are not fractions,
we are our own lowest common denominators,
we are primes

we experience every imaginable light,
including its absence,
and as a whole,
we rise

in this life,
there is a rising that isn’t always from death,
a flight that doesn’t always end in breaking;
there is a light that can only be known from darkness,
a journey that brings us home

-image via Pexels; shared as part of dVerse Poet Pub’s Open Link Night

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21 thoughts on “Rise

  1. “a light that can only be known from darkness” is my favorite line. So often we forget that light originated from darkness with the “big bang.” Your poem, in such a lyrically lovely way, tells us that we do not live in a world of opposites. I hear you rejoice in that knowledge and I rejoice with you.

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  2. Such an inspiring poem to read tonight Angela. I feel like soaring by the end. Specially love this part:

    we experience every imaginable light,
    including its absence,
    and as a whole,
    we rise

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