spotlight on . . . prayer

Make of yourself a light
– Buddha

i’ve always loved to watch the light
although darkness claims my shame
it is to light that I have turned
my night a grieving shield from hurt
dungeon to conceal myself, punish,
bringing only worse, cell for the frozen,
hiding from light’s encompassment,
mourning a drift on its lossless sea
of love

we must forgive ourselves
and each other . . .
our faults intrinsic
shadow-traps to our best makings
only define me whilst i refuse
to turn to sea, again . . .

A. H / K. H-H (19th September and 13 October 2018)

in the summer months of 2018 I read Luminous Light by Jacob Israel Liberman which was lovely, though I’m cautious about saying much he says, I know less, but he’s radical on it and it thoroughly stimulated me considering these possibilities and light, it filtered into lots of my writing in a summer of the start of a lot of reassessment. later i came across Buddha’s last words again . . .

it was published in Survivors’ Poetry’s Poetry Express newsletter number 54.

and was originally posted here – prayer

stomach bug blues

stomach bug blues
i made it to the water’s edge
greeted by these hues
the pictures didn’t get it
the odd pane of crystal glass
totally smooth
perfectly clear
every so many waves
right to my feet

yesterday
even before I went there
it was like the sun was new

A. H / K. H-H (15th & 16th January 2020)

Pale Light

Haiku

pale light east blind white
fresh daybreak laid untrodden
awakens past life

A. H / K. H-H (16th April 2019)

Dawn Lights Golden Hearts

dawn lights golden hearts
through friendly thin white curtains
brights orange flowered walls
almost makes painted birds sing
poets embrace their heart-song

A. H / K. H-H (13th December)

December, Blinded Window

tree shadow plays on the blinded window
branches blown on the wind
airy world now rippling pond
dappled light clear blue almost nothing
trickling cold from December’s lake
endless fascination
treasure in this minute’s type

(c) A. Hurford / K. H-H (8 December 2018)

heart deep hope

leaf-light slumbers deep down
sleep deep and dreamy beating
life back parasympathetically
at harsh lit days
glimmer nest treasure light
what life may be
again
before it had been

(c) A. Hurford / K. H-H (28 November 2018)

Prayer ii

sometimes its like the light is speaking
though let’s be cautious of that
not words, nor even suggestions
playing in the water shower’s head
something confirming
read more here

knot iii

so often i make
light difficult to follow
shelters, diversions
choices hidden, forgotten,

yet light remains to follow

am i really tied at all

A. H / K. H-H (1 November 2018)

prayer

Make of yourself a light                                                          – Buddha i’ve always loved to watch the light although darkness claims my shame it is to light that I have turned…

broken

as dawn falls golden
past bronze to lead remember
all sunlight’s broken

(c) A. H / K. H-H (19th May 2018)