Thursday, October 29, 2009

Light on Dark

It's almost as though it is trying to capture all the light it can before the day fades away into night. I can imagine, it slowly closes its petals and wraps itself around those collected sun rays, huddling into a tight bud to keep warm. Until the sun rises again.

While most living beings seek out and thrive in the light, I think there is much to be said for the darkness too...

Candlelight would lose its warmth if it wasn't swaddled by the night's heavy arms.

There would be no wishing on the afterglow of falling stars and no tracing satellites as they glide across the sky. The ooh's and ahh's of meteor showers would be silenced. Aurora Borealis would shy away, feeling as though her true colours were unnoticed.
The man in the moon would be lonely indeed.

Ghost stories around a campfire would lose their fright. And trick or treating would not be the same on a sunny summer evening. The spooky atmosphere, with moonlit bare branches and flying broomstick sightings would be lost. Jack O Lanterns would have no personality and would turn into mere carved pumpkins that even Cinderella would disapprove of.

I am no vampire, no nightcrawler, no nocturnal creature of the night...but I celebrate the darkness, for it has its mysterious charms.


  1. oh, the darkness does have a mysterious charm to it...especially when you know that you can have the light if you need in a flashlight or a campfire or a candle....

    but to lay with a loved one under the stars, protected by a field of corn or flowers...ohhh how special that is....

    and trick or are so that just can't be done in the daylight....that would be wrong.....
    and I feel sorry for the towns that have elected to make their kids only be out between 3-7pm

  2. gorgeous write...i know for sure that i love sitting in the dark and talking to the man in the moon.

  3. oh, but you are a poet. a beautiful poet, who has taken me by the hand in the dark. i am a chicken of the dark, but there is such mysterious beauty, about it.

  4. Oh my, I just came in from a walk after sunset, and I was thinking a lot about how much I love the dark. We live next to the ocean, and the water was shimmering in the moonlight, all the more beautiful for how it was contrasting with the dark night sky. The whole world seemed to glow--just glorious. I love this post! Thanks so much. xoxo

  5. I just wrote to a friend that my door was open to the night; I am such a true believer in the magic that comes to life only after the sun has set. I love this post and this image - this little flower, this bud, I see it opening its arms to the darkness, quite alive with joy; I can feel it shimmering.


  6. Tis true ~ a beautiful warm evening under the stars with that special one ~ most enjoyable indeed. But as the snow falls gently to the ground here this evening with that cold nip in the air, I will be leaning towards the last glow of the sunlight as the darkness now comes too quick. sigh... Very inspiring picture~!

  7. I don't mind the dark when I'm in my home. I'm not so fond of the dark when I'm outside, but it's okay if I have my dog by my side. =) Your words and image are true poetry.

  8. "...swaddled by the night's heavy arms". You write beautifully. Lately I have been refamiliarizing myself with dawn, a fresh and magical time, and where would that special time be without the departing darkness, a necessity for it to come into its own.I think the very best part of darkness is as backdrop to the stars.

  9. Ooh, beautiful - bewitching and beguiling! (I am afraid of the dark - you'd have laughed at how quickly I left the big dark museum last night now that the clocks have changed and it is DARK at 6:00!! I'll try very hard to believe you that it is a good thing - giggle!)


  10. In the darkness we learn so much about ourselves too...the candlelights burning through would be the magical friends with lanterns for hearts...that show you the way back to the light...even in that dark and scary nights, to be with just yourself has its own mysterious charms xx

  11. Well said, for in fact without the darkness there would be no light. gorgeous image.

  12. I have to agree, light with no dark would never shine as bright again, yes?



  13. And I will celebrate the darkness with you, beneath a wide sky of glittering stars.

  14. for you

    I have been one acquainted with the night.
    I have walked out in rain -- and back in rain.
    I have outwalked the furthest city light.

    I have looked down the saddest city lane.
    I have passed by the watchman on his beat
    And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

    I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
    When far away an interrupted cry
    Came over houses from another street,

    But not to call me back or say good-bye;
    And further still at an unearthly height,
    A luminary clock against the sky

    Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
    I have been one acquainted with the night.
    (Robert Frost)

    from me

    because we both love the night.

  15. you are the very best soul for blessing me with imagery that sparks, hope, love and new ways of looking a the world. It isn't as though i don't already love these things too but that when you point them out i listen with the trust of a child for the goodness each of those experience will offer the next time i experience them.
    you are a love. and the image? nothing to say here except i would recognize it as you no matter if a thousand other images were presented for me to choose from.

  16. your words are light to my day. thank you.