#WQWWC – “Light or Lights”

Marsha Ingrao, from Always Write, has breathed new life into my old challenge, Writer’s Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge, #WQWWC. This is your opportunity to choose a quote to match the topic of the week and write something about it.

  • Poem
  • Opinion Piece
  • Short Story
  • Personal Story
  • Memoir
  • Song
  • Photo Challenge

Flex your creative muscles and tell your readers what you think about the topic of the week using your favorite quote.

Each week I will post a different topic like freedomchance, change, happinessadventure, miracle, and unity – some of the many examples of topics from the past.

Instructions

  1. Pick a quote to match the week’s topic.
  2. Write a response on your blog with a title that suits your post.
  3. Cut and paste #WQWWC logo if you want to use it.
  4. Use #WQWWC hashtag to get more views.
  5. Paste a link to your post on my weekly post in Mr. Linky.
  6. Or past a link in my comment section. I will visit your blog and comment.
  7. Visit other blogger’s who have participated and leave them an encouraging comment.

Here’s my quote:

“There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.” 

― Leonard Cohen, Selected Poems, 1956-1968

I always enjoy writing about the juxtaposition between the imagery of light and dark. I know our subject is light, but you can’t talk about the light without first experiencing the darkness. Just as night turns to day, darkness succumbs to the light.

Each of us hides our dark side from the world. This isolated part of our hidden self is where our soul-wounds abide, where our sadness lingers, and where our weaknesses hide. If we can learn to embody our shadows, we will learn to embrace the light. If we want to accept change, we need to acknowledge that there are sides of us we must explore in order to conquer our fears.

I think darkness came first, for the dark is perpetual. Pick up a rock and look underneath. You will find the darkness. However, you needed the light to acknowledge that darkness. The two concepts: light and dark need each other in order to exist.

Embrace your darkness and your light!

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

Embrace Your Light, #Butterfly #Cinquain

sparkle
 like the bright stars
 that twinkle in darkness,
 secure, alone in the shadows 
 Only—
 when we're brave enough to explore 
 our darkness can we find 
 our own power 
 of light.

Join me every Tuesday on wordcraftpoetry.com for the Tanka Tuesday Syllabic Poetry Challenge.

17 thoughts on “#WQWWC – “Light or Lights”

  1. Wonderful verse… Yes to exploring our Darkness.. for within lies the Light.. ❤
    Sending HUGE hugs Colleen…. I know I am a stranger here… Not intentional…. You know dear friend I hold you in high esteem……
    Sending Love and Blessings…. as we transform Dark to Light.. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. Hi Colleen, thanks for participating in the new #WQWWC. Your essay made so much sense and was so well written. The Butterfly cinquain is fabulous – every word is brilliant like the lights.

    You are so right that we have to, at the very least acknowledge our weaknesses. Only then can we even relate to another person. We all know that we are not the only imperfect, blinking star in the universe, but when we come across a person who can’t admit weakness, they are hard to stomach ie any narcissist.

    Thanks again for all your support. Hope the moving preparations are going well. Lots of hugs. 🙂

    I still haven’t learned how to use Mr. Linky and either the comment did not come through on my comments or I just missed it! Sorry it took me so long to comment.

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    1. You’re so welcome, Marsha. Go to the Mr. Linky site and click around. You have to change the widget code on your post every week. Go to wizard/button linkeys/Remember selections/generate code. Then paste that into your post. The actual links are found under the widgets link on the menu. They will list out each week’s challenge. Hope that helps. I guess I missed the Carrot Ranch Meeting last night. I never saw the email until this morning. ❤

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      1. We missed you but knew you were busy moving. That happens. Basically she wanted to know if we were interested in hosting next year. We all loved it, so we all agreed. We will meet again in July to plan. Thanks for your help. I’ll check into Mr. Linky. So far it looks like no one used it.

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