A powerful light shines in the dark.

A light in the dark. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t let my light go out.

That plea haunting at night

When she felt her prana slack, her chi fade

When alone with no one about


Don’t let my light go out:

She whispered in the dark

Examined the babble of scribes

The words she now began to doubt


Don’t let my light go out!

Not now, not with a life half-lived

Her life-force as yet unspent;

Angry at last she began to shout


Curses at the images


©Millicent Danker

3 August 2013


“The Lord has m…

Psalm 48:9 O God, we meditate on your unfailin...

Psalm 48:9 O God, we meditate on your unfailing love as we worship in your Temple. (Photo credit: natil0ve)


“The Lord has made me weak while I am still young;
he has shortened my life.
O God, do not take me away now
before I grow old.
O Lord you live forever;
long ago you created the earth,
and with your own hands you
made the heavens.
They will disappear, but you will
they will all wear out like
You will discard them like clothes,
and they will vanish.
But you are always the same,
and your life never ends.
Our children will live in safety
and under your protection
their descendants will be secure.”
– Psalm 102: 23-28


English: David's Grief Over Absolom; as in 2 S...

David’s Grief Over Absolom; as in 2 Samuel 18:24-33; illustration from a Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


“The waves of death were all around me;
the waves of destruction rolled over me.
The danger of death was
around me,
and the grave set its trap for me.
In my trouble I called to the Lord;
I called to my God for help.
In his temple he heard my voice;
he listened to my cry for help.”
– 2 Samuel 22:5-7


Stained glass skylight in Church of the Holy T...

Stained glass skylight in Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My own hovel being cleaned out,
a new life laid out for me
except I don’t yet see.
I must trust in this skylight
that has opened up –
this window on the world
setting me free.
I can now see
the life in this death
before me.

Why resist these little dyings?
It’s time to
step out of my skin.

*by Seamus Heaney

©Millicent Danker
15 January 2010

“I believe that…

* Planet *

* Planet * (Photo credit: pareeerica)

“I believe that the greatest truths of the universe don’t lie outside, in the study of the stars and the planets. They lie deep within us, in the magnificence of our heart, mind and soul. Until we understand what is within, we can’t understand what is without.” – Anita Moorjani, 2012 [Dying to be Me]

The Living Dead

The Living and the Dead (1954 novel)

The Living and the Dead (1954 novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since the passing
They now not the living
Seeing not the life-giving
Forces without spouses
Heads drooping
figures from famous painting
Faces faint
With spirit missing
Sadness spilling

We the dead living
Terminal, terrible
Positivists looking
For new songs
Animated faces
Telling of miracles
Light shining
From prayerful communion
Playful with children
Baking, singing

Grief prolonged
Like winter past
its season
Howling and biting, spitting
hail, blowing
hot and cold
all around with
fretting, a-sniffling
The flowers are here

Millicent Danker