Shed a Little Light


Shed a Little Light

From  Hymns In Darkness
I met a man once
who had wasted half his life,
partly in exile from himself,
partly in a prison of his own making.
An energetic man, an active man.
I liked his spirit
and saw no hope for him.
Yet, he had the common touch:
he could, for instance, work with his hands.
To others, all attentive
To his own needs, indifferent.
A tireless social human being,
destined always
to know defeat
like a twin-brother.
I saw him cheerful
in the universal darkness
as I stood grimly
in my little light.
Nissim Ezekiel (b 1924)

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jane says:

    This is incredibly poignant…I like it. ~Jane~


  2. Tenthltr2u says:

    Thanks… It struck me when I first read it. Had to share


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