The darkness continues to fret away
the light at both ends of the day.
How much darkness can we bear?
What can we learn with this weight
heavy on us?
We often rush too quickly to
shop, to decorate, to party.
Like an olive press,
There is rich value
that only flows with the pressure.
Can we stop and feel for a moment?
Lay aside the many distractions of this season?
Lament the loss in our pasts?
Hope for light in our future?
We will be better and stronger for it,
if we can resist the strong pull
to neglect our souls.
© 2014 Julie Clark