In Brightest Light

I live in brightest light and that light

Cleanses my skin and warms me like no other place.

From the beginning, that place was here, and yet

I had to find it—even though it here to see.

There is no darkness here—none at all—

And that encourages me and affirms my confidence.

Yet I still recall when the darkness seemed

a place to hide.

It was a lie in that darkness.

I lied there too often. I sought the darkness.

Too often I was confused about whom I was,

Where I was,

Whose I was.

In the light, life is rich and lush.

Here I feel the warmth, and I grow.

The sun soothes my skin and warms my heart.

And here I am alive, and filled with joy.

And it is here that I look forward to eternal life.

In the light, we love and we care.

We listen.

We boost each other up.

In the light, I see you, and here, you see me and hear me calmly.

I turn from the need to hide.

In the light, the corners are open and


Here I find joy.

The sun soothes me and warms me.

And here I am alive, and filled with joy.

And I look forward, here, to eternal life.

In the light, we love each other.

It is vital, and we are best

In brightest light.

© Tom Bolton, Milwaukee, May 30, 2012

Contemplating 1 John 1: 5-10


About Tom Bolton

I'm a Husband and Dad, an Enterprise Systems Manager at the City of Milwaukee, and a Disciple and Lay Servant at First United Methodist of West Allis. I love working beside young people. As I study the Bible, sometimes I feel moved to work through my understanding by writing poetry. I also am going through a process to discern my calling, and to learn more about Christian Leadership. Sometimes I just feel like writing about something that grabs my attention too.
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2 Responses to In Brightest Light

  1. Noel Williams (prhayz) says:

    This is a very interesting poem Tom. I thrive to have the light you spoke about illuminate me daily. I know it is all around me but sometimes I cannot see it.
    Thanks a lot for sharing a very intriguing poem. God blessed!

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