A poem – Light – Robert Innes

Matthew 5:15
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house

Light (Poem)

As night was falling the lamp was lit
While it shone
People welcomed it –
And the room laughed
But then they looked towards the wall
A shadow growing, grim and dark, a tall shadow
Who, reaching out its evil hand
Took the light, lifted it from off the stand
Lifted it from off its stand and swallowed it.

And so people now hide what light is left
They hide it under bowls
And if some brave soul
Knocks the bowl aside, reveals the light and rescues it
The room will briefly laugh again
But if you look towards the wall
You will see
A shadow growing, grim and dark, a tall shadow
Who, reaching out its evil hand
Will take the light; lift it from off the stand
Lift it from off its stand and swallow it.
And all will be, once again, dark.

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