Through Darkness

Image by Becka Choat
Image by Becka Choat

I hope it will be understood that I am not writing this from the vantage point of the mountain; I still walk in the shadows. This is not a statement of triumph, but an affirmation of trust and hope and encouragement, for myself and all my fellow travelers, based on a line from Tolkien that means much to me.

Through Darkness

Although the shadows hide it from your sight
and make you disbelieve the coming dawn,
through darkness you will come into the light.

When you walk blindly through the bleakest night,
fear not to tread the path to which you’re drawn,
although the shadows hide it from your sight.

The gloom that blots out all things that are bright
cannot prevent you as you journey on –
through darkness you will come into the light.

You will be guided on the road that’s right,
and given strength when it seems over-long,
although the shadows hide it from your sight.

One day you’ll see a star glimmering white
and hear the echo of a whispered song,
“Through darkness you will come into the light.”

You’ll stand at last upon a sunlit height
and find that grief and weariness have gone.
Although the shadows hide it from your sight,
through darkness you will come into the light.

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Becka Choat is a reader, a writer, a lover of the printed word, dedicated to bringing people books to nourish mind, soul, and spirit. Her website is www.booksbybecka.com.

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3 thoughts on “Through Darkness

  1. Mary Mueller says:

    Becka, this is wonderful; what a perfect use of the villanelle form. Don’t we often need to tell and re-tell and re-tell ourselves that we will, indeed, come into the light through the darkness. The repetition and resolution fit your theme like a glove as they build to the peak of solemn hope. I shall be rereading this for the strengthening of my own soul Thank you and bless you.

  2. Becka Choat says:

    Thank you, Mary and Lancia. It means a great deal to me to know that my words have significance to someone besides myself. You give me courage to keep writing through the hard things.

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