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Light

  • Light is snow sifted / To an abstraction.

    • May Sarton,
    • "Night of Snow" (1929), in Susan Sherman, ed., May Sarton: Among the Usual Days ()
  • And I saw darkness for weeks. It never dawned on me that I could come out of it, but you heal. Nature heals you, and you do come out of it. All of a sudden I saw a crack of light ... then all of a sudden I saw another crack of light. Then I saw forms in the light. And I recognized that there was no darkness, that in darkness there'll always be light.

  • In the evening we went for another walk. Sinking into sand, Sam's tracks were bright meteors, appearing suddenly, then fading to black. I stood in water up to my knees, grabbing phosphorescence and invisible plankton, squeezing light out of the ocean's dark brew. Light is chemical, electrical, mineral, just the way memory is, and I wondered if light had invented the ocean and my hand dragging through it, or if memory had invented light as a form of time thinking about itself.

  • My first memory is of the brightness of light — light all around.

  • We come to drive away darkness, / in our hands are light and fire. / Each one is a small light, / and all of us are a mighty light. / Away with darkness, away with blackness! / Away before the light.

    • Sarah Levy,
    • "Chanukah," in Monica Furlong, ed., Women Pray ()
  • Those whose own light is quenched are often the light-bringers.

  • Truly great people emit a light that warms the hearts of those around them.

  • Light is forever, / For the fire of the sky has no end.

    • Amy Lowell,
    • "Dance Figure," Ballads for Sale ()