Lone Lantern

img_1492Bold, yet gentle as
a dove, rising, shining in
strength of human love.

They’re feared, called stone cold,
yet in darkest night their warmth
surrounds, brings solace.

That hour before dawn
dark, cold, terror-filled, always
destined to dissolve.

Lone lantern, gleaming
in darkness, strangely lifted,
the hour approaches.*

* Inspired by Love In The Days of Hatred, by Che Chidi Chukwumerije, on his site: World of Che.

© Julia Penner-Zook, 2016
Photo credit: Daiga Ellaby via unsplash.com

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