‘The edge of a Heath by moonlight’ – John Constable, 1810 – WikiArt
If you can’t change yourself, after all
the efforts, change the light
by which you read your story.
Exchange overhead for something softer –
a lamp, a candle, a vine of shining
holiday lights – and feel yourself
become hugged by the fabric of shadows.
You see the darkness here has wisdom too.
You see these objects around become related
by the pregnant emptiness that holds them,
and you. Let this light reveal the rapture
of being just this. Then, further still, try
moonlight, or no light, until, at last,
this open, sourceless incandescence
which you are
no matter who you think you are
will follow you from the inside
wherever you may go, however
you may change, or not.
Poem by Brooke McNamara
(excerpted from her book ‘Feed your Vow’)
Painting by John Constable (1776-1837)
On her website, Brooke McNamara presents herself as a poet, performer, zen mama, and monk. She has practiced Zen meditation and is now a teacher in this tradition. She has also danced professionally for over a decade and toured internationally. She offers online classes in mindfulness, creative awakening, as well as movement education. She is a poet and published her first book ‘Feed your Vow’, in 2015. She lives with her husband and two sons in Boulder, CO.
– ‘Feed Your Vow: poems for falling into fullness’ – by Brooke McNamara – (Performance Integral Édition)
– Brooke McNamara
– John Constable (Wikipedia)
2 thoughts on “Change the Lighting”
“feel yourself become hugged by the fabric of the shadows. You see the darkness has wisdom too.” Beautiful! Indeed it does! Her words Sing to my heart. Thank you!
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Yes, such a lovely poem! Thank you for your comment. 🙏