Thursday, August 15, 2019

Beseeching Light

Theodoor Rombouts (1597-1637) - Prometheus - KMSK Brussel
National Geographic



Indecision, indecision,
Where's the rhythm
Of precision?
For those who lack the sight
To make the cut 
That ends the night.


We are Prometheus
on a wheel,
Revolving in a world
unreal,
doomed to twist and turn 
and weave
in an endless sea of make believe.

Send to us a Man of Might,
Whose strength
will save us from our plight,
Whose courage
will lift us from our lair,

And will restore to us

The need to care.


The dark night has a thousand eyes
Glittering in the night.
The day has only one 
Burning, scorching our sight. 
The dark night has a thousand eyes

While a blind man has none.

Wikipedia


41 comments:

  1. A man of might? What about sending to us a woman of might, for a change :)

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    1. This poem seems to Greek mythology based. had to be Hercules.

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  2. Oh yes there has always been that call for a savior. There was always hope for the Knight in shining armor or hope for the bugle of the Calvary. There was always 'Mighty Mouse' to save the day!
    Yes and in this day and time I would gladly settle for that woman of MIGHT, could be what we need.
    Good deep thoughts (Must be the teacher inside you),
    Sherry & jack

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    1. Men and women of might, either one would be just fine.

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  3. We really could use a man or woman of might about now.

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    1. In any time in history where life is uncertain, a person with a strong moral compass is needed.

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  4. Who was it who said "Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy"?

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  5. Hi Susan - someone of great world strength and ability to reach around the world with gentle hands is needed now ... a necessary read - thank you - Hilary

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    1. God is the true Hero of our rescue. People need to find Him and have His Hands surround them.

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  6. I think we have a lot of blind folk out in the world these days. Unfortunately many of them are in the U.S. Congress.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. So many blind folk coat the world. Not just political, but in society and culture.

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  7. Too bad so many are blind and keep getting blinder

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  8. "The dark night has a thousand eyes..." Say, is Bobby Vee the strong man?

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    1. That is a good question. Looked it up, it is a poem by Francis William Bourdillon. Apparently, it is all about love.

      I don't think this poet was thinking about love when this particular poem was written.

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    2. Okay, I just went and looked at Bobby Vee, and listened to the song. Obviously, the anonymous poet did.

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  9. Wow ... did you write this poem? I'm at a loss for words.

    God bless.

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    1. When I was a senior in HS, as valedictorian, I volunteered to write a senior poem. Greek myth fascinated me, so I latched onto that. This is what I wrote, sorta put it away in a scrapbook, altho I had it memorized (crazy memory) Going to 50th HS reunion in a week.

      So I put it out for you all. Didn't want to put my name on it, unless someone took a guess. It would have to be you! thanks!

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  10. There is too much blindness right now, i pray for the light to shine and overcome it.

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    1. Light shining on sins and corruptions would be what is needed. And this is not necessarily about politics. Every, every single cluster of people in power (business, education, money funds, etc.) needs flashlights on them.

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  11. Blind and deaf as well in these times

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  12. I've got first day of school brain fry. So, I've got no pithy comment to offer today. Sorry.

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    1. Right now, I am having tea and then move onto coffee. Pithy is a few hours away.

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  13. Hercules needs a better tailor.

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    1. Well, weather is Greece is stifling in the summer.

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  14. Prometheus on a wheel...I love teaching but always dislike when I have to talk about gods (and those who defy them) and the those that embrace them. Silly to others, I know, but for me there is only one God and we're not allowed to teach about Him in the public schools. I digress, I know. ;) Congrats on grandbaby #2 on the way. Grandbaby #3 is on the way for us in Jan.! Woohoo!

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    1. Eight weeks! Only 8 to go.

      We grandmothers get absolutely crazy with those babies.

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  15. The need to care... sadly in short supply. I am always reminded of Pandora's Box 🌹

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    1. The story of Pandora's Box seems more and more applicable.

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  16. INCREDIBLY done dear Susan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this brought tears in my eyes

    while reading your magnificent poetry i found my self standing on top looking down at world where everything was proving this lament so true

    i wish ,i pray may he come ,who can enlighten our dark souls with blazing insight
    give us courage to ACKNOWLEDGE our blindness and bless us with strength to ACCEPT the light

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    1. God is the Ultimate hero, waiting for all to seek Him.

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  18. The knight in shining armour is lost so we are on our own.

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    1. Yes, the knight of that time is lost, but who is to guess or say that there is one on the horizon.

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  19. Powerful stuff! I suspected you wrote it, but I never would have guessed that you wrote it fifty years ago. Bravo! Your words are just as applicable now as they were then... maybe even more so. If you have some more old stuff stuck in a drawer gathering dust, maybe you should pull it out and read it again. You might be impressed to find the the smart woman you are today was also a very smart teenager.

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    1. 1969 was a scary time period: Vietnam, a big riot at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Kent State, drugs, Nixon, etc. At that time, I looked at it all, knowing so much hung in the balance.

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  20. Our world is not in a good place at the moment, I pray things will improve.

    All the best Jan

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!