If We Only

If we only counted sunshine,

left behind the darkest hours,

we would only live in snatches,

in the bits between the showers.

We would never know the power

of the sun without the dark;

we would never know a flower

if we’d never seen soil stark.


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10 comments on “If We Only

  1. lylekrahn says:

    What we should do is not live just in snatches but use them to overshadow the rest of the time because of the perspective we have. I’m still learning that.

  2. Caddo Veil says:

    Oh WOW–“my” gorgeous sundial and a wow-wow-wonderful poem, Melody! I feel so blessed, and I say this as one who used to live just in those snatches–now I savor every moment, sun or shadow. As I write this, we’ve got a break from the serious storm we’ll be in and out of for awhile probably–a lovely light blue sky. But I should get back to work, eh? God bless you big–love, sis Caddo

    • melodylowes says:

      Thank you Caddo…I am moving there, but I still have a leased apartment in the ‘snatches’ house! 😦

      • Caddo Veil says:

        Well, I didn’t mean to paint an overly-rosy picture–I fall into the snatches cellar on occasion (like most of Sunday), but I insist on always looking forward!

      • melodylowes says:

        A nice place to be – sounds like the weather out there is sunshine versus gloom!

      • Caddo Veil says:

        It’s been back and forth–storm alerts, then blue sky–ai yai yai, you know? I just don’t want to lose power–I plan to be on the couch, watching movies and eating (of course)… Guess I should check my flashlights and batteries. Hmmm, where are they, I wonder.

      • melodylowes says:

        Weather always was a fickle friend…

  3. Debbie says:

    Thank you so much for your amazing poem that teaches us about the ups and downs. The sun never looks better than after a patch of clouds, rain and grey!

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