Together We Shine

It’s dark,
morbidly lightless,
solitary listless bulb
straining to illumine,
seeking hope,
defying obfuscation
the day the lights went out

….

The faint gleam
seems irrelevant,
irreverent,
irreconcilable with
unholy diversion,
masking utter insolence
the day the lights went out

Lift your voices
those who call in the streets,
cry out all
who witness the torturous
menace hurtling unwary
souls into decay since
the day the lights went out

Scribe with pen:
write! – though impossible
as requesting a glass of
water when surrounded by tsunami
floods, spirits deluged,
minds darkened,
the day the lights went out

Arise
all who grovel
along shards in dank cells
of shame,
leave your humiliated hovel,
well nigh obliterated
the day the lights went out

Throw bold paint on canvas,
shout with arrant abandon,
speak without apology,
take your place in the
resistant throng, determined
to bear imperiled flame, nearly extinguished
the day the lights went out

Together we shine –
Heeding not age, creed, race, status or affiliation
Arm in arm, shoulder to shoulder,
United in purpose,
Fearing no barrier.
Not shrinking back
Until the light returns.

© Julia Penner-Zook, 2017
Photo Credit: Riccardo Annandale via unsplash.com

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8 thoughts on “Together We Shine

  1. The solitary listless bulb comes across as a powerful metaphor, pointing to an increasingly disjointed world appearing to deviate from liberal values and withdrawing into itself. I too nurture the hope of more numbers joining the resistant throng to keep the flame burning bright. Nice to connect with you, Julia, after a long while…🤗

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    1. Isn’t that true, Jason! A static affair. The reminder is first and foremost for me – reminding myself that I am no lone ranger! I would venture that none of us dare to be in our times. Thanks for your insightful comment.

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  2. What a visceral admonition. I felt it deep. Goosebumps still raised. I loved this:

    “Scribe with pen:
    write! – though impossible
    as requesting a glass of
    water when surrounded by tsunami
    floods, spirits deluged,
    minds darkened,
    the day the lights went out”

    Liked by 2 people

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