Live Virtual Group Session: 5PM EST December 8th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session!

For this session we close-read, together, the poem Evening by Rainer Maria Rilke and the painting The Charcoal Burner’s Hut by Théodore Rousseau, both posted below.

Our prompt for this session was: Write about light meeting dark. 

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By Rainer Maria Rilke
The sky puts on the dark blue coat
held for it by a row of ancient trees;
you watch: and the lands grow distant in your sight,
one journeying to heaven, one that falls;

and leave you, not at home either one,
not quite so still and dark as the darkened houses,
not calling to eternity with the passion
of what becomes a star each night, and rises:

and leave you (inexpressibly to unravel)
your life, with its immensity and fear,
so that, now bounded, now immeasurable,
it is alternately stone in you and star.
The Charcoal Burner’s Hut by Théodore Rousseau

8 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 5PM EST December 8th 2021

  1. Pamela Zubow Poe

    That small rim of light at the bottom of the sky
    Belies all the storm clouds above, as darkness falls.
    My eye is drawn to that place where day begins and ends,
    And stars can poke through to have their say as well…
    I cannot know what life would remain if all Earth’s creatures were to perish
    But I can look toward that rim of light and know that a new day will dawn somehow.

    “All things shall perish from under the sun.
    Music alone shall live,
    Music alone shall live,
    Music alone shall live,
    Never to die.”

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  2. About light meeting dark~~~

    The brilliant sun sinks low in the sky.
    Its rays diffusing across the horizon in shades of reds and oranges.
    The security it brought to me is now fading,
    as it passes from sky to earth.
    There is a feeling of solemness as I witness the mundane,
    but yet spectacular.

    A time to sort out the trials of the day in the darkness of the night.
    Am I alone in this darkness
    without a beacon to guide me to resolution?

    As I gaze upward, I realize I am not a recluse,
    stranded in this darkness.
    I am part of this boundless universe,
    if only a minute part.
    I am part of the Creator’s plan.
    I am being watched over.

    And there is comfort,
    as the darkness now wraps me up in its arms.

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  3. Elizabeth

    Pam, thanks for sharing your piece and the song video. I have to tell you something so interesting… I learned a Hebrew version of the song many many years ago…Same tune, with a somewhat different translation…The ending was “the melody always remains” in the version that I heard. Thanks for the nostalgia for me.


    • Pam Poe

      Elizabeth – how wonderful to hear this song-story. Something tells me I’ve sung it in another language in the long-distant past, but my major association is around a Girl Scout campfire from youth!


  4. Elizabeth

    Light can meet the dark,
    Where it creates different shades of gray.
    Is the gray a liminal space,
    A neutral space,
    A place to rest between two extremes?

    If life is a place full of extremes,
    It is helpful to remember
    That there are many shades of gray,
    Of overlapping spaces,
    Places we can go
    To meet in connection.

    Sometimes gray is the Switzerland of colors.

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  5. Does light meet dark?
    Or does Dark, the creative force,
    Call Light unto herself
    To partner with her
    So that her creative purposes may be realized?

    And does the fiery passion that results
    Fade after their union
    Or does Light carry its energy
    Back into the darkened sky
    To become the stuff of stars?

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