Live in the light!

This post is a contribution to the Midweek Motif from the wonderful Poets United blog. This is my first attempt at contributing, so here’s hoping I get the pingbacks right (?!). The theme this week is Light. I hope you enjoy my poem. Anita 🌼

Darting amongst the shadows
in our mind
part of us
yet abhorred in disgust,
The Gorgon of fear
spreads her rhizome-like tendrils
around the heart:
a fear-seeking missile
set to explode on impact.

We daren't look
at this Medusa within
we keep her locked away
at bay,
so we think.
Yet the sweetness of her tone
may turn a heart to stone.
For fear is irresistible
to the ignorant and susceptible
whose fate is now surely done.


But we can rise above her
let love fill our hearts
feel the tendrils dissolve
as we reach out with compassion
to absolve the Gorgon child,
to reassure her
and release her
into the night.

For henceforth
shall we live in the light!

Live in the Light by Anita Neilson. Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.

6 thoughts

  1. Fear is the cruel dart that threatens to rob us of joy. In the light of Christ, we find everlasting joy, and peace. We have storms in life, but with God at the center, peace reigns nonetheless. I enjoyed your poem!


  2. Beautifully written with a wonderful sway to it as you read. I had to google ‘rhizome’, so I’ve learned something new there, too. This is a great contribution 🙂


  3. This is beautiful, Anita. I really get you embracing the fear within––lt’s all looking for love. 🙂 🙂 Good for you to contribute to a new prompt. And you are welcome to contribute to Forgiving Fridays as well, it’s lovely to have your posts. Blessings!!


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