Lightly Child, Lightly.

I want to rest, to float–
a dust mote in a beam
of light squared by a window–
to sigh and lilt between

the object and the eye,
before the day can catch me
back up into myself,
and through that prism, watch me

–  Anna Lena Phillips Bell, from “Midafternoon” in Ornament


  • Photo: celestial dust motes by Brian Parker. Poem: Memory’s Landscape
  • 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. Wow! beautiful writing 🌈

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  2. Beautiful…at first restful, and then I feel my heart accelerate as the suggestion to crawl inside and watch myself, hits my brain.

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  3. Awesome words of a dust particle, too good, David.

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  4. ‘watch me’ – perfect

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  5. An inspiring post, as always!

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  6. roseanne333 says:

    Loved this, David.
    (BTW… I think my issue liking and posting here is related to the browser I use. I seem to have no problem with Chrome; Safari is giving me a headyache! I’m just glad I can post again 😊)

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  7. Oh yes…

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  8. this is über-marvellous. Had to leave it resting for a while, have now two names to look up and dwelve into…. what a perfect pairing and how deep it is. Could be scary, to look that much into oneself!

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