brightness beckoned

Watercolor by Gretchen Del Rio

Watercolor Phoenix by (c) Gretchen Del Rio

“In the midway of this our mortal life,
I found me in a gloomy wood, astray…”
Inferno Canto 1, Durante (Dante) degli Alighieri

in a mood
he stood at the wood’s edge and thought



this pained walk
under dark skies
living on the verge
wondering if he was
the plaything of his Lord, if so
a cruel game

from somewhere brightness beckoned
on the wing beat of sudden insight ~

it’s not your memory melting in the heat of time
or your true music dissolving unsung
nor the whimsy of some capricious god
it is, perhaps, Dante’s transformative hell

no love without yearning
no compassion without pain
no charity without failure

a Phoenix, he rose from his ashes
a Moses, he fell before the flaming bush
in his found humanity, he embraced life whole

This is for Victoria Slotto’s Writers’ Fourth Wednesday writing prompt today on The Bardo Group blog. Please join us and link in your own poem. Mister Linky will remain open for seventy-two hours. We’ll visit your blog to read and comment and hope that you will visit others to encourage and support them. If you are uncomfortable using Mister Linkey, just leave the link to your piece in the comments section.

© 2013, poem, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved; Gretchen Del Rio (Gretchen Del Rio’s Art Blog), All rights reserved, posted here with Gretchen’s permission

4 thoughts on “brightness beckoned

  1. Why, why do we have to come from pain?! One of those questions that I muse over once in a while. What a beautiful piece of art to accompany your write of coming forth from the darkness, Jamie.


  2. as the world seems to burn around us, I waited to see a Phoenix rise from the ashes
    of Her scared landscapes…from a personal level in my world to the world as a whole….
    on the home from my sisters memorial, I watched a cloud change from a butterfly to a Phoenix…such a rush….!
    your words give voice to that memory …Beautiful poem ….I like it very much
    Thank you for sharing, and the watercolor is stunning ….
    Take Care…You Matter…


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