Creatures of Light

So we stood, alive in the river of light,
Among the creatures of light, creatures of light
~ Ted Hughes

What purpose to count the years that remain:
I never thought I would be spared. But how do I
account for the wild spinning of my inner compass

as various darks, inside & out, swirl around time’s
official change? A single second ticking by, all the clocks
in this house suddenly wrong, another hour lost.

Aleda Shirley, last two strophes of “Tempo Rubato,” from Dark Familiar (Sarabande Books,  2006)

(Source: apoetreflects)

Music: what so many sentences aspire to be.

—Mary Oliver, from “More Evidence” (via litverve)

raindropsandhope:

"Labbaik! Allahumma labbaik! Labbaika la sharika laka labbaik! Innal-Hamda wan-ne’mata laka wal-mulk la sharika lak."

“Here I am at Your service, O Allah, here I am. Here I am at Your service, You have no partner, here I am at Your service. For You alone is All Praise and All Grace, and for You alone is The Sovereignty. You have no partner.”

(via kernel--with-no-shell-deactivat)

By comparing the relative lengths of certain fingers, [Penn State archaeologist Dean] Snow determined that three-quarters of the handprints were female. “There has been a male bias in the literature for a long time,” said Snow… . “People have made a lot of unwarranted assumptions about who made these things, and why.”