I want to write of the light

but I do not know

whether words can illuminate

the way it hangs

upon branches and bird wings

and broken things

returning beings to beauty.

Can words spin substance

from sunshine and decay?

Can words cajole

celebration from night-weary


Can words warm surfaces

of stones and sorrows?

Can words reveal richness

in mundane

and battered


I do not know.

But if we would write

a tomorrow

which is wider than wounds

we have worn,

we might wield words

like benedictions

and remember


within brokenness,


within endings,

and beauty

within all things.

-Bernadette Miller