Abiding Light

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Tree roots in a Sandy Ground (‘Les racines’) (1882), drawing, 51.5 × 70.7 cm, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo. Wikimedia Commons.

And still the Light abides
and the darkness has not overcome it:
though rabbit-wild my exiled spirit roams
where bare limbed shadows
squawk of quasi-subliminal maws
in which the world in mammoth caves
watches figures on Olympian walls
cavorting corporate-jet-fueled
and calls them gods.

Written for dVerse Quadrille 117: "The Dude Abides"
A quadrille is 44 words, and this time
Lisa asks us to use the word "abide."
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Author: dorahak

The unearned splendor of being means we can always meet on a common plane of gratitude, aiming in conversation, art, or writing towards “something understood.”

37 thoughts on “Abiding Light”

  1. Dora, I liked your use of alliteration, allusion, and assonance here. I like your first line which is reassuring for what comes next. I also very much like the image you chose. I’m not used to seeing VanGogh in monochrome. I see it was painted in 1882, and may have been in a dark time in his life. I also know that he probably painted hundreds of paintings in vivid colors for the next 8 years. Inspirational on all fronts! ❤

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  2. “where bare limbed shadows
    squawk of quasi-subliminal maws
    in which the world in mammoth caves…”

    WOW. Such vivid and creative writing. You always inspire. ❤ May the light abide indeed.

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