On Siblings and Shadows: A Poem
As the sun dips below her limelight,
stretching her golden rays to unwind before night,
she tastes the salt, inhales the air, regains
She rests. With one eye shut and the other on the moon;
he'd asked her not to fall asleep much too soon, well he,
he was afraid
of what might become of his shadow, his shape.
without her light, he felt completely misplaced.
She whispered sweet, to tell him how,
she couldn't cast her light again, unless he'd let her doze,
She shut both eyes, with a peaceful nod,
And then Sun nuzzled in, close to her God.
The moon observed, to learn, to try.
"Maybe," he wondered, "maybe my shadow, my shape,
even my darkest night
is there so I'd never stop looking for Sister's early light."
and in the shadows he once feared, he saw hope.
He closed his eyes and finally turned away from Sun.
As he opened them again, his eyes adjusted to the night he thought he knew
so well, and began to see a soft hue.
Colors, specs of light, bodies dancing freely
and as his heart quickened, "wait, really?"
he paused, "have I been so afraid to look at my shadows that I have missed all this?"
Buried beneath his grief, there,
laid oceans of relief.
And in the shadows he once feared, he saw life.
Then God reached out a hand, and asked if he wanted to dance.
But for so long, he'd felt the darkness swallow him whole.
Why would anyone want to dance with me? He thought,
I am cold in body and soul.
God didn't force Moon's hand or his feet to dance, as others had done before,
"Instead," recalled Moon, "He started singing, a song I just adore.
He sang with a smile,
wider than I'd ever seen,
and it was in that moment that I knew
all my shadows, stains, and scars, were now illuminated and clean."
And in the shadows he once feared, he saw Love.
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"Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you." Ps 139:12
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"Weeping may last through the night but joy comes in the morning." Ps 30:5
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"The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing." Zephaniah 3:17