A Light Filled Life

Jesus bids us “Shine with a clear, pure, light.”
Pastor says “Make of yourself a light, Let it shine for all to see.”
Buddha said, “Be a light unto yourself.”
Easy hmmmmm!
I feel that light streaming, shining, warming
as I wake in the morning, with the dawn rising
getting up – stretching
Full of great thoughts – Love – fresh ideas – thankfulness
curtains flung open ­no shade or shame
No time for sin, it dims the light
Instinctively, in my heart, I know it's true
With out the light, we live, lost and alone
deep at the bottom, a cold dark cave
Heart beating wildly,
Breath shortened – sinking – drowning
Hands stretched out in anguish, needing help
Needing to be brave and honest and kind
Look inward, reach for the light
That is God in you!

MTA Poet Laureate, Jim MildrenJim Mildren is the longtime manager of the Gogebic County Transit system in Ironwood, Michigan at the westernmost point of the Upper Peninsula. He is an avid outdoorsman, bicyclist and runner and enjoys writing about nature and the world around him. Jim traditionally reads a new poem or two at every state transit convention he attends and is considered the Poet Laureate of the Michigan Public Transit Association. He and his lovely wife Ellen reside in Ironwood and have two grown children and a grandson out-of-state who they love to visit whenever possible.

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