Written by Susan Noyes Anderson on . Posted in Life Lessons Poems, Spiritual Poems

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Moths are drawn to light
and so am I,
wings awave against
the darkened sky.
Free to fly yet
bound by naked need,
anchored to a source
I won’t concede.

Moths embrace the light
and so do I,
seeking shining answers
to my Why.


“Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key…” – George Eastman

Mr. Eastman was speaking of photography with these words, but I believe they apply to all creative endeavors. What draws your interest…your passion? Is it poetry, like mine? Water colors? Stained glass? Sculpture? No act of creation succeeds without the light that surrounds it, and the artist will never surrender his desire for the light that informs his work.

Knowledge requires light as well, as anyone who seeks it will attest. Our minds open widest when our spirits are most illuminated.

What is the source of your light? Mine is God, but others give credit elsewhere. Either way, perhaps the most interesting thing of all is this: The light needs the darkness to oppose it. In the absence of darkness, illumination would hold no value…no real meaning. And what that means is well worth considering.

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