Light touches the sea

And water becomes light.

There is a lightness before dying, 

a light inside,

A well of soft light.

Light takes the stair.

takes the wall.

Light takes the tree.

In the fall, the light is thin.

With the falling light comes softness,

still and cool.

Lightly, he touches her

and she feels the light,

warm inside. This is being,

not dying, 

and the touch gives life 

here by the sea, this light-filled sea.


(“Light takes the tree” is from “The Waking” by Theodore Roethke)

©Judy Bebelaar, 2019

       Judy Bebelaar’s award-winning poetry has been published widely. And Then They Were Gone: Teenagers of Peoples Temple from High School to Jonestown, nonfiction, has won four awards including two first prizes in different categories from Royal Dragonfly Book Awards and a first prize in the 2019 Northern California Publishers and Authors contest. Judy and co-author Ron Cabral were named SFPL Library Laureates, 2019 for the book, and it was one of five nominees for a Northern California Book Award in nonfiction.

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