After Dark Comes Light

by Belinda Munoz on September 22, 2010

I hid in the dark
but light found me

I fell in a ditch
but a stranger saved me

I lost my direction
but the stars showed me the way

I cursed the moon
but the sun enveloped me in its warmth

I shuddered at a frightful sight
but beauty brought me sweet relief

I tasted the bitterness of failure
but drank in the nectar of the bounty I’ve gained

I drowned to the depths holding on to regret
but was buoyed to the surface by letting go

I winced at the slammed doors of bygone days
but smiled at the walls that have fallen away

I cowered at the might of time
but the tender moments soothed me

I slipped into a somber decline
but was lifted to new heights by the winds of change

I languished in the desert
but an oasis quenched my thirst

I fought impatient expectations
but process made peace with me

I trembled in the face of hate
but love steadied me and restored my faith

I sought what I was without
and found abundance within



This is my second entry for One Shot WednesdayPete Marshall is our gracious host this week.  Click on over and meet some amazingly talented poets!


{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Steve Isaak September 22, 2010 at 2:01 am

Refreshing, compact-tension, faith-restoring take on the oft-cliched “it’s the little/unexpected things that save us” – that says a lot, considering how cynical I am, LOL. One of the best poems I’ve read tonight. :)


2 brian September 22, 2010 at 3:02 am

love that life has provided you a counter point for each thing…and the ‘buts’ ends at that last line…nice. great one shot!


3 Sender UpWords September 22, 2010 at 6:09 am

This is a great piece. Nice One Shot. Love and Light, Sender


4 Jingle September 22, 2010 at 6:54 am

brilliant sentiments…
admirable delivery!


5 dustus September 22, 2010 at 7:19 am

Your poem presents a great reminder that life is a learning experience, and that lessons are gleaned through the manner in which we perceive. “I slipped into a somber decline / but was lifted to new heights by the winds of change” So positive. Refreshing poetry.


6 The Exception September 22, 2010 at 7:54 am

Everything is balanced – there is dark before the dawn – there is a natural balance to life just as there is in this poem. Wonderful.


7 TheKitchenWitch September 22, 2010 at 8:48 am

Lovely poem! I need inspiration today, as I fruitlessly search for a lost, very beloved, teeny-tiny hamster in my big house :(


8 Jenny Ann Fraser September 22, 2010 at 9:31 am

I love the last line. You certainly know how to write the truth Belinda.


9 Ruth September 22, 2010 at 9:35 am

I love this – it rings true to me too, that feeling that no matter what you do, you just can’t lose… might as well just trust to process then. :)

Nicely written!


10 Claudia September 22, 2010 at 10:23 am

this is so positive – love how you take one after the other bad point and answer it with hope – great


11 Justine September 22, 2010 at 11:06 am

Wow. Love the way you weave the light into the darkness. This is just the pick-me-up I needed today, Belinda. Thank you.


12 Giulietta Nardone September 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Hi Belinda,

You’re a fabulous poet! This is wonderful. Like how you set it up. I will check out the site you mentioned. And my favorite two lines?

I fell in a ditch
but a stranger saved me

brilliant, really.



13 Nick Rolynd September 22, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Love this. Also love the couplets. Awesome formatting for the win! =P


14 Shashi September 23, 2010 at 4:56 am

What a nice verse, simple and lovely… I enjoyed it, so well written

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya
Connect with me on Twitter at @VerseEveryDay to read one verse everyday on life, love and longing…


15 rob white September 23, 2010 at 6:12 am

You are hitting your stride, Belinda. Valuing our struggles and failures will ensure that we step into the light that is right around the corner.


16 Gay Cannon September 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I like the formatting of these in these couplets rising to a grand crescendo and then the final composed ending…serenity, faith, acceptance. Well written. Thank you, Gay (@beachanny)


17 pete marshall September 23, 2010 at 2:41 pm

the highs and lows, peeks and troughs, positives & negatives…i loved each part…a great share with one shot…keep the poems flowing an see you next week…cheers pete


18 BigLittleWolf September 23, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I love this point-counterpoint approach. Lovely poem, Belinda.


19 Rudri September 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I really like this Belinda. And you know what? I needed it today (more than ever). Thanks.


20 Marci September 24, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Wow, I really enjoyed reading this poem. You have a way with using words, so that I can visualize the truth in them.

It reminds me that life is fluid and always changing. There are many sides and perspectives to every moment. Hang on and enjoy the ride :)


21 Belinda Munoz September 24, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Thank you, Marci. Glad you enjoyed it. Truth, elusive as it can be, is often right in front of us. Isn’t it?


22 SuziCate September 26, 2010 at 7:07 am

This is absolutely beautiful. I love your positive side of life. Your inner beauty really shines through your poetry.


23 [email protected] from a Peaceful Divorce September 27, 2010 at 11:35 am

I just shared this on my Facebook pages. I love it!


24 Belinda Munoz September 27, 2010 at 1:55 pm

thanks, Molly!


25 bhuwan February 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm

i like your poem very much!


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