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Bonus December Prompt 191: Light

December 21, 2013

Last week, I asked poets to write about “miracles”. This week, the theme word is “light”.

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Light is an essential part of many holiday celebrations. We see it in the origin story for Christmas: the star in the east that guided the Three Magi to the Christ child. In the Hanukkah story as I mentioned last week, the oil lamps burned for eight days in the Temple at Jerusalem on only one day’s worth of oil.

Diwali itself is also a Festival of Lights, dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi. Little clay lamps are lit during the festival, and firecrackers are set off to ward away evil spirits. And speaking of firecrackers, the Chinese New Year is a spectacle of light due to the colorful firecracker displays, amongst other things.

Apart from the holiday traditions, we see light mentioned in more spiritual aspects. For example, Diwali is a celebration of the victory of the inner light over spiritual darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. During Christmas we often hear John 1:5 quoted in reference to Jesus: “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

But don’t we think of light in many aspects? We’re grateful for the return go light when the power goes out. Fire uncontrolled can destroy; burning in a controlled manner it provides us light. As humans we are now giving though to the source of the energy that we burn to give us light, amongst other needs and modern conveniences (think solar and wind power, my friends). This would be a sorry part of the universe without the light of the sun….we wouldn’t even be here.

And of course, there are the more metaphorical ways in which we think of light. When someone’s not quite paying attention we say “the lights are on, but no one’s home”. When we get a brilliant idea we might say that a “light bulb” came on in our heads. And so forth.

So this week, write about “light”, wherever the word takes you, in any direction you please. Write about its meaning to you. Or about its absence. Or the spiritual connotations of the word.

I look forward to seeing what everyone creates. I promise, you’re really going to love next week’s prompt. Stay tuned. 🙂


  1. December 21, 2013 4:46 am

    Five Days Before Christmas, Taos, New Mexico
    Early morning
    Five days before Christmas
    Snow on the mountains
    A grey beginning

    Taos a small dirty
    Town in Northern New Mexico
    Especially this time of year
    The snow has melted
    From the streets
    Small patches
    Huddle beneath the sage
    Dust everywhere
    Even on paved roads
    As cars pass
    Dust rises
    Then falls
    Settling back on the road
    Waiting for the next passing car

    Everything the color of dust
    Something’s reddish
    Some yellow
    Some gold
    All variations
    Of grey
    Most trees stand naked
    Bare arms reach upward

    The willow along
    The riverbank
    Shades of red
    Terri Cotta
    Bright and dull

    Crosses of all sizes
    Simple wooden crosses
    Placed along roadside
    Faded flowers cling
    From other day’s
    Marks the spot
    The end of a life
    Leaving footprints
    Among the dusty
    Dried grasses

    Hawk sits in bare treetop
    Watch for movement
    In the fields
    Where the cholla grow
    Heavy grey clouds
    Block the bright sunlight
    Dust settles
    Five days before Christmas
    Dec. 20, 2013

  2. December 21, 2013 5:00 am

    I misspelled Descansos, which are roadside shrines and cholla are cactus.

    • December 25, 2013 12:36 pm

      I fixed these for you. A beautiful poem, and I love all of the visual details, so carefully chosen and so much color. You make me miss the Southwest.

  3. December 21, 2013 6:27 am

    another winter poem

  4. December 21, 2013 9:31 am

    Our porch light beam
    has captured a triangle
    of fluttering moths.

    The power is out
    now we will learn
    how dark is the night.

    All the dark shadows
    have opened their mouths
    and swallowed the light.

    We close our eyes
    againstthe darkness
    awake to morning light.

    • December 22, 2013 7:18 am

      I love the image of the shadows swallowing the light and the “triangle/ of fluttering moths”.

    • December 25, 2013 1:03 pm

      I like the end line rhymes in the last line of the second, third, and fourth stanzas. You’ve got some good imagery in here too (the swallowing of shadows and the moths).

  5. December 21, 2013 8:48 pm


    labyrinth walk
    on the winter solstice
    touching dark matter

  6. December 22, 2013 1:16 am

    Thank the Lord the winter solstice is past. Here is my contribution to the light:

  7. December 22, 2013 5:54 am

    The Light of the World

    The light incarnate in Christ
    Was embodied for all to see
    A walking testament of divine reality
    He shed his soul dying he set free
    That all might obtain reality
    He rose again proclaiming victory
    Over sin, the grave, sting of death’s penalty

    He lives as Spirit now within me
    A blessed witness of obtained reality
    The light of Christ now sets me free
    From sin and death this life’s misery
    The light of life causes darkness to flee
    Yet illumines, permeates, still filling me

    The Church a walking embodiment of light corporately
    Golden lampstand for every eye to see
    Dispersing ages of darkness by it’s reality
    Night will be no more for this my earnest plea
    Arrival of wedding feast his bride standing in beauty

    When that day arrives there’ll be no more sea
    No night, no tear but expressed reality
    A manifested light for all to see
    the holy city vibrant for all eternity
    This our blessed hope and resplendent destiny.

  8. December 22, 2013 7:15 am

    I wrote one about spirit lights… sort of like spirit animals. 🙂

  9. December 23, 2013 7:29 am

    I fought with this poem, but it won. And I’m kind of glad it did.


  10. December 24, 2013 3:19 am

    Nicole, I do apologise for not writing to your prompt yet but I’m afraid that I am up to my armpits in busy-busy-stuff right now. I will try to write one after Christmas. xx

    • December 24, 2013 6:04 am

      No problem Misky…the holidays can be packed and I totally understand. Have a Merry Christmas 🙂

  11. December 26, 2013 4:58 am

    Here’s mine. FINALLY!

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