Keyhole Light

'and light since then
. . . a keyhole rusting gently after rain’  *
		[in memory of Derek Mahon]

Or space a cat-flap breathing in the wind,
or solace dry logs nestling on the grate.
Feeble will withers in the gloom —
twilight perpetual, and then
the darkness of renewed despair.
Only that keyhole, the firmament’s one star,
feels just like hope, 
a hope that’s dashed at every sunset,
raised with every sunrise.
Who among us yet can persevere 
 through the long blackness —
once doughty hearts now weakened, faltering
without a touch, a kindness, a shared
note of humble grace
until the door is opened wide,
a smiling gesture
to ignite us, carry us, as in our dreams,
into a blaze of warming glory, 
where we might breathe
a sentiment of that often-promised land
our path illumined by the blinding light.

*  from A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford

Larry Winger.  21/12/20
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