Defy Darkness

Defy Darkness

Measure the walls.
How many hands?
Enough to hold them
up even as they succumb
to the encroaching darkness?

Or do they close in on us?
Isn’t that the same?
Overwhelmed,
how can we be anything
but alone? That’s not
rhetorical, or even a question.

Dark corners everywhere,
and nowhere to turn,
yet light everywhere,
if we consider ourselves.
We are not.
Alone.

Our selves are just that.
Ours, to embrace.
To share, more or less.

More?
Or less?

Less, if we consider
that we are one, not separate.
More, when taken as a whole.
More light in those dark corners.
More hands to hold up the walls
that hold out the darkness,
push them ever outward
eliminating the fringe
while embracing it
as part of the whole.

As a response to a poem by an offline friend, this is a WIP

Shared with OLN #307 – Eat Your Grapes at dVerse ~ Poets Pub

silent steps – tan renga

silent steps –
one more candle illuminates
the old chapel
                              © Ese

greeting sacred images
light dances on colored glass

~~~~~

lighting one candle
with another
an evening in spring
                              © Buson

days grow longer with new light
shadows become more distant

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017 #silent steps offers two haiku as hokku for renga.