lantern of the soul


Tossed from my bed

by mounting dread

the insatiable To Do List!

dross grist for an unmindful mill.

I get up

exhausted still

as empty tasks masked as nightmares

have cavorted to scare,

I now sit and sip the magic steaming from this cup

that lights my memory

of possibility

asking what I will make

of this shiny new day:

slight items to check off, that simply take and take?

or, dig more deeply,

grab the choice that only I can fill completely

ignite this soul’s lantern

to join a radiant river

and help slake the incalculable thirst

of a yearning universe

Special thanks to my journeying friend at for turning me on to this poem’s inspiration, the shining words of Clarissa Pinkola Estes in “We Were Made For These Times,” in part: “To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times….to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity….Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.”

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4 Responses to lantern of the soul

  1. Lovely poem– Thank you, ST! xo

  2. j.h. white says:

    Ah Chloe….this one goes on my wall

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