Lightly Child, Lightly

But tomorrow, dawn will come the way I picture her,
barefoot and disheveled, standing outside my window
in one of the frail cotton dresses of the poor.
She will look in at me with her thin arms extended,
offering a handful of birdsong and a small cup of light.

~ Billy Collins, from “Tuesday, June 4th, 1991


  • Photograph by Eric Antoine with la main ambrotype (via see more)
  • Quote via Memorylandscape
  • 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. “a handful of birdsong and a small cup of light.”
    Dawn is a She! Barefoot and disheveled ❤

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  2. Stomp down the tunnel
    The flare light it
    Scratch the blond muzzle
    Random pieces just fit
    In my lifes’s puzzle

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  3. Love this visual! Lovely post!!

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  4. Perfect…and gratefully accepted.

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  5. Perfect! (Although in my case, she’s here in a dark shift with humidity and a hoot owl). But it’s a new day, filled with possibility, I am happy and healthy, so I’ll take it. 😉

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  6. and each day she will return without fail

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  7. She starts off frail because it is up to us to fill her up with all we can…

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  8. Beautiful.

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