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That Distant Light
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By Louis Gander
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That Distant Light

The air was calm below the palm

so rested, I awhile.

I stared across the quiet lake

with my own lazy smile.


The sun had set and I had let

the time just slip away.

I lost myself among my thoughts

and it had seemed okay.


Reflections though, had taught me so.

There's something you should know -

how they reflect the real thing

in fascinating show.


There's no delight in distant light

where nothing misbehaves -

But watch those sparkles dancing on

the tops of rippled waves.


That shimmer see, will always be

from light across the lake.

That dancing drew attention from

the light that isn't fake.


Half-way across the lake they tossed.

They glittered brilliantly.

Deceiving, long reflections as

that light shone silently.


I liked the show - reflection's glow -

and there was nothing feared.

But when that distant light turned off,

reflections disappeared.


Was I deceived?  Did I believe

that distant light, God's Son?

Or focused I, on church and song -

merely the reflection?


©2017 louis gander

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Submitted: Friday, November 24, 2017

Last Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017

About the Poet
Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1954. It's the poem's message that matters- not the poet.

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