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'Lead Kindly Light'

Caught in the clutch of darkness, I quail
Seeing it shrouding my spirits, I wail
Assailed by afflictions severe
My life is now devoid of all cheer

Oh Light! Penetrate through this darkness
Let your beams cut through this dankness
Till every murky corner is warm and aglow
And I am steadied by that glow

Across the lengthening stretch of my loneliness
I see only frightening shadows of grayness
So come down to me as a prop
As through this alley, staggering I grope

Hold my hand and lead me to sunshine
With Thy brilliance, my life entwine
Set my mind free from the grip of fear
Fill it with thoughts, resurging and pure

So shall I go on my journey
With abiding Hope as company
And enough grace to make each day
Better than the ones gone their way!

Submitted: Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 02, 2013


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A Sunken soul's prayer!

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  • Hazel Durham (7/14/2013 1:05:00 PM)

    A plea for the darkness to cease and allow the light to ease your loneliness and fear!
    I love this enlightening write!

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  • Kee Thampi (7/6/2013 12:29:00 AM)

    green shadow of a Budha statue......
    Hold my hand and lead me to sunshine
    With Thy brilliance, my life entwine
    Set my mind free from the grip of fear
    Fill it with thoughts, resurging and pure


    I love the greatness of this write and a loving heart of peace

  • Dinesh Nair (7/5/2013 9:33:00 AM)

    Dear madam Valsa,
    My poem is an adaptation with the status of a shadow. I cannot post it in my home page as suggested by you. I thank you for your generosity in complimenting my adaptation.

  • David Wood (7/5/2013 5:28:00 AM)

    A delightful write Valsa, let light shine through the darkness.

  • Valerie Dohren (7/4/2013 4:28:00 PM)

    Beautifully written Valsa - the darkest hour is just before dawn, so be thankful for the darkness, it has a reward.

  • Valsa George (7/4/2013 10:48:00 AM)

    Dear Dinesh,
    Your poem-Lead Kindly Human Love is indeed stunning! It has really eclipsed my original one! Why don't you post it on your page for the others to enjoy? It is so original that it cannot be called a mere adaptation! Thank you for this great honour! Let me shine in borrowed plumes for the time being.....!

  • Heather Wilkins (7/4/2013 10:30:00 AM)

    a good read. I enjoyed the write

  • Thomas A Robinson (7/4/2013 7:32:00 AM)

    Perhaps, in darkness just before dawn, in the calm one casts their eyes around for a sign.
    There before we can see it we can feel the light rising.
    Graduating from black to greys and eventual blue,
    One's hope rise with the sun covered dew.
    Till in glory the orange orb riises
    separating darkness the light divides us

  • Shahzia Batool (7/4/2013 6:09:00 AM)

    The Title is fetching, though apostrophy to Light indicates that the soul is not that much in a fallen or sunken state...rhyming is very natural connecting the ideas meaningfully together, it does not look forced one anywhere...Dinesh Nair's presenting the perspective is appreciated, as it is consoling, and has many good arguments...You write on every mood with that particular feeling successfully! ! !

  • Yasmeen Khan (7/4/2013 2:48:00 AM)

    I read it as a supplication and felt its beauty in my heart, nice lines dear Valsa to call upon Light to come to rescue.

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