Standstill

Photo by Micah. H

Even as the tears threaten to trickle down the eyes,

The stubborn smile refuses to leave the face,

The stubborn hope refuses to leave the heart.

 

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Celestial Ballad

Photo by Vicentiu Solomon

An unlikely friendship, theirs;

The Sun’s and the Moon’s.

It was the talk of the universe,

This strange celestial bond.

When stars wondered why

The Sun chose to light up

The  Moon, unlit by herself.

The Earth wondered why

The Moon glowed brighter

In response to the Sun.

 

Was it an unequal bond,

The Moon wondered sometimes.

For the Sun was always constant,

His light never subject to time

Whereas the Moon changed in cycles,

Now waning, now growing.

“Allow me to light you”, said Sun,

“At all the times”.

“I’m afraid of favoring light”, said she,

“The dark finds its way”.

 

And so it did when once,

The Moon in her earthly duties,

Allowed distance so long between

That Earth came in the way,

And obscured all Moon’s light.

And when she came at last

Leaving the Earth right behind,

Moon cast a shadow so big,

The fiery radiance dimmed

And eclipsed, this time, the Sun.

 

The cycle swept her again,

And Moon started waning.

At last she was down to nothing,

No light of her own to guide her;

The Sun, a distant friend.

Would Sun now keep her light-less,

And shower his rays on others?

Would darkness be all she had,

Her only friend in regret,

For causing mayhem of eclipses?

 

She willed herself to burn

Like other stars, Sun’s equals.

She willed herself  to cast light

And perhaps a higher power heard her,

For she saw her being illuminate.

Surprised, she found Sun’s rays reaching her.

Far though they may be,

They were enough to give her strength.

And Moon set about, now growing,

To find Sun across the caliginous sky.

 

One Step Up

Photo by Gabriel Santiago

There I was,

In the very depths;

I had hit, as they say,

Rock bottom.

 

It took so much time

To barely regain focus,

To prop myself up

On elbows, if not feet.

 

Miles below the surface,

I was surrounded by darkness.

The shadows hid horrors

Of past and future.

 

It took so much time

To slow down my breathing

And take a look around

Assessing my life.

 

I chose a jagged rock,

And took one step up.

The darkness was the same

Was a step really enough?

 

I curled up into myself

Losing all motivation.

It took so much time

To ignite a little fire.

 

With the flame of hope,

I took one step up.

Step after step I put.

Perhaps it was possible to reach out.

 

The flame burnt brighter

And then there was nothing.

For rocks had fallen suddenly

And I was back on the floor.

 

A rock had settled on my chest

The flame had flickered down to nothing.

It took so much time

To accept the fall again.

 

With the rock implanted in my heart

But the fire reignited,

I merged pain with hope

And took one step up, towards the sun.