Chair back

The light along the spindles
catches your eye,
which follows the curves
gilded in morning sunshine
without noticing
the pattern shadows
cast on the faded fabric.

But to focus
on those shadows only,
would make them bars
to imprison your thinking

Much better to hold light
and shadow together,
even though sometimes,
you won't be able to break free
to follow the turnings which
gleam with such promise,
but also,
and equally true,
you will never be locked
in darkness
without light to offer hope
of golden surprise.

July 27, 2001


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