Friday, June 12, 2015

A half-circle of light.

Last night was black and stormy. I was driving home from my friends' house, a route that cuts a winding path through a swathe of unlit bush. As I rounded a bend, a tiny car up ahead of me swung out round a further bend. It was one of those moments where, for just a second, the mask of humdrum falls away and you get to see life for the poetry that it really is.

The car was just a gleam in the dark, a flash of glossy black with an arc of yellow light from the headlights, filling out a semicircle in front of it. It looked like a tiny beetle with a torch strapped to its head. It was brave. There was something fierce in the way it cut a path through the darkness before it, seeing only a few metres ahead at a time.

I'm not a fan of that way of doing things. I don't want to see only a few metres ahead. I'd like to live with the high beam switched on. Better yet, I want to drive in full sun, where I can see the path stretched before me, where I can look ahead to the horizon. I like to estimate the bumps in the road before I reach them. I want to plot a course so I can stay on track. I'd like to avoid potholes instead of coming across them in the dark and being forced to swerve. I want to be ready in case a kangaroo leaps from a shrubby block of shadows. I want to be in control.

There's nothing brave, though, about being in control. It requires no courage. A life lived in full sun is a charmed life; the real world has some dark patches. And though my anxious heart wants to see what's waiting around the corner, I'm glad for the tiny half-circle of light stretched out before me. It's just enough brightness to keep me chugging on.


  1. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what little we can see that we lose the knowledge that We Can See. It might not be as much as we'd like, but we can.
    Thank you for your words of reminder. 💜

  2. I love the way you write! :)
    And I had to laugh a little at the kangaroo part. Here, we have to watch for deer.


  3. You really do write in such a friendly, poetic, YOU kind of a way! x

  4. This is lovely, Danielle! I am learning to drive right now, and driving at night or in bad weather is always so much of a challenge, that demands so much courage and alertness, your post hit home for me. You write so beautifully!

    God bless!


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