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Morning Light

August 19, 2006

Light hooks the soft edge of things, holds them in the moment. Light lifts the cover off the sky. A sun dog stands straight up in the southeast: a lovely pillar. There is another pillar to the other side of the sun, making a matched set. The wind blowing hard to the east cannot blow away the morning’s color.

When the world rages, rage back your love for the world, I tell myself. Out-shout God.

by Tom Montag of The Middlewesterner

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  1. August 19, 2006 at 10:15 am

    Good God, yes. I hear you, my brother.

  2. August 19, 2006 at 3:18 pm

    Tom, these are strong, resonant words, the strong sound of bells.
    “…When the world rages, rage back your love for the world, I tell myself”
    There is no better advice.

  3. August 19, 2006 at 4:43 pm

    Teju & Natalie–Thanks for the good words. Raging back your love for the world is a struggle, but has got to be done, yes?

  4. August 19, 2006 at 5:01 pm

    It takes life to love life. Amen.

  5. August 19, 2006 at 7:10 pm

    Yes! Wonderful advice, Tom. I love this.

  6. MB
    August 20, 2006 at 12:05 am

    Has got to be done, yes. Thank you for saying so, Tom.

  7. August 20, 2006 at 7:16 am

    What I especially like is the “rage” part: the acknowledgement that “raging our love” is a valid and appropriate response.

  8. August 20, 2006 at 7:49 am

    I like the sun dogs as pillars — lifts the moment out of time, just as the first sentence promises. *Then* the rage.

  9. August 21, 2006 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks, all of you. I appreciate it.

  10. August 21, 2006 at 8:48 pm

    Oh, Tom, that last line…! Glorious.

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  12. August 24, 2006 at 1:59 am

    This is another lovely piece that draws you through, word by word, till the final word which seems to echo in the mind while contemplating what the piece has to done to you while reading it. It has added to the morning’s colour, in less than a 100 words. Thanks.

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