Cecily Jones: a poet for today
The Porch of Possibility, Vol. II, by Cecily Jones SL (1924–2017), is available for purchase. The book, published in 2018, includes 33 poems, most com-posed after Vol. I was published in 2013, but there are a few older poems that were found among Cecily’s private papers. Below is an excerpt from the collection’s title poem. “The Porch of Possibility” takes us into the future, which was a gift of Cecily’s.
“In a Certain Light,” a complete poem from the collection, is a metaphor for faith in dark and in bright times. There are more, each fascinating and inspiring.
The Porch of Possibility
Like the dawn that wrestles us awake
or dusk enfolding us,
without our ushering or consent
the future boldly comes.
Not missioned grandly to its making
(willy-nilly it will arrive),
we must plumb the possible
where deeds and dreams abide.
. . .
On porch of possibility
the Spirit gently bides
as windows focus vision
and doors keep swinging wide.
In a Certain Light
“The Truth must dazzle gradually.” – Emily Dickinson
In a certain light
I see a faintest arch
grooved into the whitebricked wall,
like thumbprint drawn on dusty shelf,
where once a window let in golden streams.
With art the lemon glow
from window’s twin bestows asymmetry,
but were there other goals for blocking off,
some scheme to halve the light?
Would the brilliance pierce me twice
if panes were still in place?
Could I discern beyond the trough
indented mortar makes
in a certain light?
This narrowness of gleam,
this funneling of rays
may thinner focus luster
the twins of glass had made.
I squint to seek the arch’s trace
and muse upon the vacant hues.
Emblazoned be the Mystery,
though dim or even dark,
when shadings of the luminous
create a prism of belief
in uncertain certain light.
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