FANTASY 37 – MAY IT BE A LIGHT TO YOU IN DARK PLACES, WHEN ALL OTHER LIGHTS GO OUT
May 8, 2016 33 Comments
In this phial, she said, is caught the light of Earendil’s star, set amid the waters of my fountain.
It will shine still brighter when night is about you.
May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.
The Lord Of The Rings: Galadriel bids farewell to Frodo.
Multiple exposure through bushes, towards light; Chew Valley Lake, near Bristol; 29 Sept 2015.
D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 195mm; 400 ISO; slight camera movement between two exposures; Color Efex Pro 4.
The final sentence of this quote speaks volumes to me, it has always been something from which I have derived great hope and reassurance. Yes, there have been dark places, very dark, but those words have always been there too.
GRIEF, AND A LITTLE GOOD CHEER TOO
When compiling this post, a few days ago, I intended finishing it with that section on “THOUGHTS”, with the reassurance of light in those dark places. However, since then, two events have occurred.
First, I have learned of the death of an old friend, a good, humorous and eminently human man. There is of course great sadness here, those dark places have come closer once more, but there is also great shock at the speed at which illness overtook him. In memory of a good friend, and work colleague too, this post is dedicated to Bob Harte.
Second, and on a vastly more flippant and ephemeral plane, I – and without a doubt, many, many others – were substantially gladdened yesterday by the emphatic removal, at the ballot box, of Bristol’s first elected mayor. I am no longer naïve enough to think that all is going to be roses and light from here on in, but I can’t help feeling that things are going to be, to some extent at least, on the up.