Borrowed Light

All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,

“You owe me.”

What happens
With a love like that,
It lights the whole sky.


We wonder
if we’ll ever get the hang
of it, this bartering of
glow, this tamed slow
tyranny of waiting.

We’re wanting
something more,
some evening
of score.

But look
we forgot to ask that lone
bone moon, and these sky
-scraper stars.


It’s Quadrille Monday over at dVerse, and I’m hosting. Come play!  



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52 Responses to Borrowed Light

  1. Lucy says:

    WOW. This is amazing!

  2. sanaarizvi says:

    “this tamed slow tyranny of waiting,” … oh how you describe so eloquently what perhaps all of us are feeling right now! Gorgeous write, De! 💝💝

  3. robtkistner says:

    Hi De! This is something I need to share with my fellow writers here at dVerse. I so enjoy reading the work that you create and post, and am genuinely honored to be embraced as a part of this community of poets. May we all find healing in these challenging times. And as a true aquarian love child, and also a proud flower child of the 60’s, who truly believed then we would some day change the world to be a better place for all, and still believes that we might yet do it — I wish each of you peace, health, and love. Write on!

  4. merrildsmith says:

    I really like this–the flow of it from the glow and the bartering to those final lines.

  5. Lovely sounds in this piece, it just tumbles down the page – ‘tamed slow tyranny’ ‘lone bone moon’ like…moonlight I guess.

  6. Ron. Lavalette says:

    44 extremely finely-tune words. Exquisite work, De.

  7. Grace says:

    We do love to barter don’t we. That quote is inspiring. Love this word break:

    these sky
    -scraper stars.

  8. I love the sun never saying, you owe me! Wow! What a lesson there!

  9. Truedessa says:

    It does feel like we barter at times. It seems we are always wanting something more but, what?

  10. I love the “tamed slow tyranny of waiting” and I’m ravenous over the “lone
    bone moon, and these sky
    -scraper stars.”

  11. rothpoetry says:

    I love the idea of …

    We wonder
    if we’ll ever get the hang
    of it, this bartering of

  12. gillena cox says:

    Lovely sky musings


  13. kim881 says:

    A delicate quadrille of borrowed light, De, with a sturdy message. I love the way you took essence of the Hafiz poem and created a beauty of your own; the idea of the ‘bartering of glow’, the ‘lone bone moon’ and ‘sky-scraper stars’.

  14. What Kim said! So much here, love it.

  15. oldegg says:

    Even after all these years we can’t accept that we revolve around the Sun and not vice versa. We still have such pride we don’t realise that the Sun’s heat comes free!

  16. Ingrid says:

    ‘this tamed slow
    tyranny of waiting’ – I love these lines. A beautiful, poignant quadrille!

  17. memadtwo says:

    We always want more…and so lose what we have. (K)

  18. I am literally floating in your words at zero gravity! This is wonderful De.

  19. rivrvlogr says:

    It would seem we little to barter when so much is offered. Perhaps that is the waiting.

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  21. Dale says:

    This is truly wonderful. We humans always feed the need to barter when all we have to do is be and enjoy what is offered freely.

  22. lillian says:

    I love the flow from the Hafiz poem to your poem….they seem to belong together, complement each other so very well. The word break with sky scraper is so you. You have a gift for this poetic device. Is it called enjambment?

  23. Shawna says:

    “this bartering of
    glow, this tamed slow”

    You are THE BEST at controlling rhythm and flow. What you do with sound and line breaks is like a dessert for my ears.

  24. I felt in that bartering of glow you are talking about a desert heat I do no longer feel in my bones. Wonderful advice to trust in the moon and the stars.

  25. Dora says:

    We need the perspective of the sky and the skyscraper stars more than ever.

  26. I love your poem, and I thank you for sharing that wonderful quote.

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