At the Threshold of Darkness

At the Threshold of Darkness

In Times of Crisis #3

At the threshold

Of darkness

When there is little light

To see

It feels uncomfortable

Painful, slightly

But there change happens


I wrote this sequence in the UK’s period of lockdown when the coronavirus pandemic was at its height. In September 2022, I found myself self-isolating with Covid, so I decided to revisit some of the poems, and after today’s image can be found previous postings.


I consecrate

This day’s long hours

In prayer

And contemplation

May I be sustained

By beauty


And grace

And loving



Image by AgulaR from Pixabay


This was inspired by a prayer of St. Teresa of Avila.


Let nothing

Disturb you


Frighten you

All things

May pass

Only God


And patience

Faith and love

And whoever

Loves God

Knows all

There is to know

All there has ever

Been to know.


St. Teresa’s prayer is this:

Let nothing disturb you;
Let nothing frighten you,
All things pass away.
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who has God,
finds he lacks nothing.
God alone suffices.


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