Lightly child, lightly.


I wanted to think it was like a light bulb, life,
dangling in the chest, asking to be switched on.

But it’s not the light that’s even in question,
rather, what’s your brilliant, glaring wattage?

What do you dare to gleam out and reflect?

~ Ada Limón, “The Other Wish,” from Bright Dead Things


  • Photo: mennyfox55. Poem: via bostonpoetryslam
  • Prior “Lightly child, lightly” Posts? Connect here.
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”


  1. how do you see things and what leads others to your light?

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  2. I’m not sure one knows how much they shine…I think one gets a sense of it though,by what is reflected back to them.

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  3. So much thought in those three short lines…

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  4. Love the image!

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  5. The wattage in ALL of us can go higher than we can imagine, no one is an exception.

    I’m with Mimi. I’m not sure one knows how much they shine. But, they better know how much they don’t.

    “What do you ((( dare ))) to gleam out and reflect?”

    There is more hidden Pearls and hidden Nacre than the soul has ever seen. Until we dare…

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