would you clap in delight
when the lights go out,
or would you cower in darkness
afraid to take a single step?

would you cry in despair
believing all was lost,
or pass the time in reflection
recalling the blessings of night?

would you dance in place
swaying with abandon
or collapse in a heap of despair
forever changed by the absolute?


After I published this post a friend and fellow writer, Janie Christie Heniford, pointed out that the quote attributed to Galileo is instead from a poem (below) by Sara Williams. Thanks Janie! 

Though my soul may set in darkness,
It will rise in perfect light.
For I have loved the stars too fondly
To be fearful of the night.–Sara Williams

Frog Chorus

I. Sun sets over lake
Rousing chorusing begins
Syncopated frogs.


II. Sing it again frog,
Your beautiful song of night.
Nature’s lullaby.


III. Thousands chirruping
Signal another day’s done
Melodic strains rise.


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