- My Darkness Bright
I am a woman “of an age,” no longer sleep soundly but inhabit darkness as well as day. I awaken periodically to monitor the movement of stars, take night’s temperature, offer the parched, sleeping world the water of murmured prayer.
So I am conversant with moons: the icy howl of the Wolf Moon, hushed blooming of the Grass Moon, Harvest Moon, ripe and red as apples.
But my trysting moon, moon of my restless heart, is blue-white, natal silence of the Long Night Moon whose distant, maternal face smiles on her frozen world, makes winter night luminescent and my darkness bright. [End Page 100]
Bonnie Thurston is the author or editor of 14 theological books, two small collections of poetry, and many scholarly articles. She taught at the university/graduate level, but now lives quietly in her home state of West Virginia. firstname.lastname@example.org.