William Michaelian

Poems, Notes, and Drawings

What They Said About Light

Early each morning, the people quietly arose,
then emerged from their cottages
with their pitchers to fill them with light.

It was wonderful to see them
gathered at the well —

mothers first with their children,
each child with a pitcher of its own,
infants with tiny thimbles

old men trembling to keep hold,
farmers, midwives, poets.

There was a wise saying in those days:

              First, let us bring light.

Then someone came along
and broke all the pitchers.

But in time they found other ways
to bring light —

in their eyes, in their hearts, in their hands;

              in their minds.

And so their saying is right;
what they said about light, still stands.

Poems, Slightly Used, April 16, 2009


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