An Affirming Flame

Paul Klee

Paul Klee

Out of the chaos
of these anxious days
a people too long silent
are discovering conscience
a people too long silent
are finding their voice
to speak Justice

A ship on the sea
is more visible at night
than it is in the daytime
Every light atop the mast
is visible on the horizon
So too let us put a light
into each window

so that every Other
knows she is welcome
not only in our thoughts
but welcome at our table
We will break the bread
We will pour the wine
of mercy & of grace

“Defenseless under the night
Our world in stupor lies:
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.” ~ W.H. Auden


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to An Affirming Flame

  1. my light is always on…


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