The Way of Light

Transition from sun-drenched courtyard
to shadowed portal. Lustrous
mother-of-pearl, ebony-edged, an offering
of light.

Candles incandesce.
From the murk -- a smile,
the flutter of gold leaf

Kneeling in partial illumination, I
look up
at radiant stars stenciled on the vault
of paradise.

Look in.

A gesture blazes in the dark.

2005 John Goss