"As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; / [ . . . ] Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: / Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; / Selves -- goes itself; 'myself' it speaks and spells, / Crying 'What I do is me; for that I came'." --Gerard Manley Hopkins

17 October 2005


As I drove round the bend this morning, the moon dazzled my eyes to near blindness. No soft glow or haze of clouds to mute her, she could have muted the loud glare of bright headlights had any challenged her. She did not peek from behind the trees, as so often happens; rather, her insistent brilliance demanded notice and required obedience.

Phoebe, so changeful, from seeming absence to full presence, from romantic hazy glow to icy clear radiance. I am reminded of Dickinson's poem:

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant --
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise

As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind --

There is time for this circuitous telling, certainly, for partial or hazy revelation, but there is time too for bright Truth straight on. May God grant the wisdom to know which phase any given moment may require.


Fieldfleur said...

I heard tell that one must tell you there in Tennessee ...

Happy birthday!!!

Hope it has been a good one!


alaiyo said...

Thanks, Teri! It's been a wonderful day! I left some specifics at QL. :)



GrumpyTeacher1 said...

Happy birthday one day late. I didn't get to read here yesterday.

The poem is great too. I woke up the night before last at about 1 a.m. because someone was shining a bright light in my eyes. It was that same moon.

Beautiful too.

alaiyo said...

Thank you, Scott. Moon so bright again this morning I nearly drove off the road!