Blog Challenge, Writing Journey

Illuminating Light

Welcome to Day 17 of #30PostsHathSept. [PLEASE READ all my other challenge posts HERE.]. Sometimes a word isn’t just a word.


Light. We’re all inexplicably drawn to it.

“My first memory is of light — the brightness of light — light all around.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

Artists. Poets. Scientists. Dreamers. Faces upturned, we coax its warmth. Tiny fingers of wide-eyed children reach out to grasp it. All of life seeks its nourishment.

Light. What is it?

Simplified, light is electromagnetic radiation dispersed in waves both visible and invisible. Books recite a miscellany of information on frequencies, wavelengths, photons, optics, and particle-wave duality.

But light is much more complex than anything read in a book. Or theorized in a laboratory.

Light is the child rollicking in a meadow.
Light is the look in a beloved parent’s eyes.
Light is the familiar hello at the door.
Light is the hope for a better tomorrow.
Light is the unexpected thank you.
Light is the meal brought to the homeless.
Light is the arm helping someone cross the street.
Light is the phone call to say “I’m O.K.”
Light is the door held open for another.
Light is the heart that shatters hate.
Light is the friendship between two who just met.
Light is the first crocus of the spring.
Light is the first snowflake of winter.
Light is the gratitude for life’s mystery.
Light is the smile of a stranger.
Light is the laugh that vanquishes fear.
Light is the hug of a friend.
Light is the secret of imagination.
Light is the wonderment of each moment.
Light is the birth of a new life.
Light is the serenity of a life well lived.
Light is the heart on a sleeve.
Light is the realization of a dream.
Light is the joy of a beating heart.
Light is the forgiveness of mistakes.
Light is the wisdom that calms us.
Light is the love that needs no words.
Light is the warmth of a crackling fire.
Light is the promise we keep for our children.

The next time you sense light, never forget what that light really is.

“Had I not seen the Sun
I could have borne the shade
But Light a newer Wilderness
My Wilderness has made –”
– Emily Dickinson

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