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The Light Must Be On

After all the years it’s still with me,

That fear that clutches in the night

The vulnerable spots of my Soul –

And there must be constant Light.


There even into the morning’s sunrise

The room which is my only world

A table light must continue its glow

To feed ravenous thoughts unfurled.


Whence came this awful curse of mind?

What mockery didst I make of Life

To cause thought demons to visit me thus?

To bring such monsters of strife?


Was it a childhood devoid of care and love?

A child’s witness to life’s vulgar showing?

The vagaries of unbridled behavior?

The bleak, lonely child’s unknowing?


Didst come with nature’s random imprint?

This ugly mistake with no remedy?

Whatever its symptoms my life goes on

And I fear that I still wish to be!


@Billy Ray Chitwood – April 15, 2018


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18 comments on “The Light Must Be On

  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Billy Ray Chitwood with The Light Must Be On… some cannot bear to be in the dark…especially at night.. what torment or fears find their way in the dark… head over and find out.

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    1. What a wonderful lady you truly are! (Not that I have not known that for some time!) Thank you for the reblog! BUT, did you like it? ♥


  2. Tina Frisco says:

    If courage is facing fear while forging on, Billy Ray, then it seems to me you are on your way 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment. Hope your week is only fantastic! ♥♥♥

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  3. Gwen Plano says:

    Childhood follows us through life. Its fears, its sorrows haunt us until we make our final peace. Your poem captures this movement within our souls very effectively, Billy Ray. Thank you and blessings to you.

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    1. Thank you, dear Gwen. Best wishes for coming week! ♥♥♥


  4. Beautifully penned poetic rendering, Billy Ray! ❤

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment, Bette. It means a lot to me. Best wishes for the week ahead. ♥

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  5. Very lovely ! Good one ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much. Your comment is much appreciated. Best wishes. ♥

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  6. eden baylee says:

    We must constantly question, Billy Ray. I think you are the man you’ve become because you ask the hard questions of yourself, regardless if you will ever know the answers.

    Hugs, sweet man,

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    1. Thanks, sweet Eden, for being a part of my journey! ♥♥♥ xox


  7. I love this poem, Billy Ray. I am saving this one.

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    1. Aw, how very nice! Thank you, sweet Robbie! ♥♥♥

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  8. The fruit of curiosity is good or haunting. Great capture. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for the comment – good way of putting it! Best wishes. ♥


  9. I really like this poem and can relate to it too. I still sleep with a light on in the bathroom. I cannot sleep in complete darkness. If we have a power failure I wake up. I think this need of mine has something to do with my childhood.

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    1. People say ‘we must not live in the past’! Yet, I find it difficult to shed the impressions, thoughts, and impediments to growth in those long-ago days. You, Dear Robbie, are a soul-mate to this rusty old Twilight dweller… Incidentally, Julie Anne and I visited a few years ago a hamlet just north of London in Buckinghamshire called Chetwode – the beginning of my atavistic pulse! I’m sure you know Buckinghamshire, but I doubt you’ve heard of that little spot along a country road…there’s lovely old church and graveyard & Priory. I shed a tear in the grave yard as I scratched away years of grit off the stone to find a date of an ancestor… ♥♥♥

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