you cannot grasp light–it will pass through your hands

you cannot grasp light
it will pass through your hands,
warming, illuminating
as it leaves you

impossible to contain
something that is both particle
and wave

you say she eludes you.

i would say, perhaps
you chase a reflection
or prismed light
dancing on the floor

it exists, you can see it
but
by nature
impossible to contain
or catch

the fun is
in the chasing

***written in response to this, which I found simply entrancing…
http://createdavidt.com/2012/09/18/elusive/

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I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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29 Responses to you cannot grasp light–it will pass through your hands

  1. Trent Lewin says:

    I read the elusive post as well, I can’t illy imagine how you got from there to here but I’m glad you did.

  2. Light-hearted and fun little romp!

  3. nelle says:

    We cannot catch it, but it can catch us. I wonder if one day, we will see energy and matter, not so different.

  4. The fun is in the chasing.. Cats know this :-)

  5. Bruce Ruston says:

    I was wondering if you were gonging to elude to heisenberg’s uncertainty principle :)

  6. Green Speck says:

    It’s fun to chase, really !!!

  7. Beautiful! we may not catch it but we certainly feel its radiance in our lives, and when that happens, it swells us with this wonderful feeling of well being, a well being feeling that flows from us to others even as we are unaware of it happening! Nice poem, Susan!

  8. doncarroll says:

    great ending. your right, the fun is in the chasing. but one has to be ready in heart and mind to chase.

  9. I like this image, especially this time of year. I keep looking at the colors that are fading now, like the asters and the ragweed and wondering how they hold light even though they clearly are in their last days.

  10. Lovely synchonicity between desire and possession not really being everything and having what you think can’t be tenable but is all around us.

  11. Rhonda says:

    bet your cats feel the same…i can see it, why can I not catch it!!! fun!

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