Anne Havell (Teddington, Middlesex, England)
Can’t see, can’t read, can’t work
Who would choose to live in a half-lit world
Full of shadows, shade, silhouettes
A world where life-giving rays can not
Reach out, warm and embrace.
Forever checked by an
Blanket of darkness.
Does half-light explain
Half-hearted peace overtures
Between families, friends, nations:
Half-hearted attempts at
Yet who would not choose to live in half-light?
It is safe
From the fiery gaze of a Sun that
Speck of dust
Finger-prints on the window
Shadows on the soul.
Do I want full-light
My weaknesses inspected
I am not ready.
I stay in the half-light
Bind my time
Until a brighter, more intense light
Energizes my mind
Restores my being
Renews my resolve
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