Lightly Child, Lightly

Maybe there is a word in it somewhere
to describe the world this morning,
a word for the way the early light
takes delight in chasing the darkness
out of store windows and doorways.

Another word for the way it lingers
over a pair of wire-rimmed glasses
someone let drop on the sidewalk
last night and staggered off blindly
talking to himself or breaking into song.

~ Charles Simić, “The Dictionary” (The New Yorker)


  • Photo –Sona Maletz with House of the Rising Sun (via Newthom). Poem: via See More
  • 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. Love the picture this paints…. Happy Thursday, pal.

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  2. Beautiful capture ☀️🌈

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  3. there is such power and magic in the morning’s light –

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  4. Let there be light! Always!

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  5. Whoa…I needed to come back to quietude. I find it too easy to go racing into ??? It’s all good, but back to a beginning?

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  6. Early morning light
    It’s great if I’m awake

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  7. Those who face the light of God’s goodness in His will leave all regrets, sorrow and past indiscretions in the shadow behind them. Those who turn their backs on God have all such things looming before them like a specter. The further they distance themselves from Him the longer that shadow and all it enfolds is now before them.


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