First Cousins Once Removed



"In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't."  ~Blaise Pascal



They touch just at
the fringe of brilliance
and the edge of the obscure
as their descent
both rises and falls
from the same force
where one's exhale
is vapor for the other
a lineage that spans
beyond our vision
above our own design
they are relatives
in a world
where oracles
can only be found
by blind faith
light and shadow
both accentuate
the other
each one
showing contrast
serving a purpose
to decide
what is
and what is not
consider this
a test
that no other
can answer for you
you must see it for yourself.


linking with Poetry Jam This week's theme is "Shadows".

Comments

  1. smiles...no one can really give you faith...and for many its hard to help others see through those shadows...but i happens....when we live life together enough...

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  2. What an outstanding poem. I love all the contrasts and example of light and shadow defining each other. I was captured by the first few lines. Thanks for responding to my prompt.

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  3. I agree with Peggy. This is outstanding; stunning! and I love the quote too. I have never heard it before.

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  4. Carrie, I am so glad to see you writing on a regular basis again, and this poem is one of my favorites of yours. Yes, light and shadow are both important and can both accentuate the other. We really need both in our lives, don't we?

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  5. Exhale and vapor, fringe --- what beautiful images. I loved your poem, Carrie.

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  6. Brilliant ... your words weave magic in this piece !!!

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  7. wHAT A BRILLIANT WRITE...THE QUOTE is so good....I can read this many many times......

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  8. Dear Carrie, this is one of your finest - ever!

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  9. a lineage that spans
    beyond our vision
    above our own design
    they are relatives
    in a world

    Yes, they are there as a lineage to fill gaps within that of a larger family grouping. 'Cousins once removed' reminds me of Geni.com It's a convenient website to know and keep track of our family tree. Take a look if you haven't yet! Nicely Carrie!

    Hank

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  10. Beautiful poem,Carrie!
    You and Janet both write so wonderfully!!! Thank-you kindly for your visit and comment to my blog.

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  11. Carrie,

    This is a wonderful poem. I love the good and the bad, as with the shadows and the light..A contrast of mood and effect.

    Happy Sunday,
    Eileen :)

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  12. This a beautiful poem!I love the strong imagery, especially the line "a lineage that spans beyond our vision above our own design they are relatives in a world where oracles can only be found by blind faith" It has the feel of an ancient text, love it!

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  13. I love this poem, its perspective, and its wisdom. Your site looks great, Carrie, with all the fall colors.

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  14. Lovely. Lovely. Lovely indeed.

    And I love fall.

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  15. this is brilliant! absolutely love your take on the prompt!

    thank you for participating at Poetry Jam!


    dani

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  16. ...a touch you just can't reach. this is purrrrfect, i loved this read, so soothing.

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  17. There is an intense depth to this poem that really fascinates me. A wisdom that is just at the surface, yet if you want to see its full brillance you have to dig a little. I love poems that you have to read time and time again to uncover the many jewels.

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