A GLIMMER IN THE DARKNESS

I like to sit up here and watch the dawn.

That first flicker, the unsteady fragile glint of sunlight peaking over the horizon.

It means that a hundred and fifty million kilometres away, the searing ball of gas is still glowing, emanating warmth and light towards us.

One day someone may sit in my place and wait for that glimmer in the darkness. And keep waiting. And waiting.

And then there would be no life.

A tragedy, yes.

But then there would be something peaceful, even rejoiceful, in knowing that the end will come this way.

That what ends humanity is something beyond our control, a hundred and fifty million kilometres across the universe, and not humanity itself.

As the sun rises, burning off those last few clouds and another day begins, that is the glimmer in the darkness that I hold on to.


distant-lights
Copyright Sue Vincent

This is a response to the #writephoto Prompt – Glimmer curated over at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo. Click on the link to read other stories inspired by the image.

28 responses to “A GLIMMER IN THE DARKNESS”

  1. Beautiful, Iain. A blessing and a prayer. Thank you!🙏

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    1. You’re very welcome, and thank you 🙂

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  2. What a beautiful sentiment!

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  3. I hope that glimmer holds true, Iain.

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    1. So do I, Sue, so do I.

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  4. So very good! A touching post from the heart. The picture reminded me of the beach sunrises I got to see last week.
    Beautiful post!

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    1. Thank you Joy – oh to have a holiday for some beach sunrises just now! 🙂

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      1. You are very welcome! And oh yes the time may have been short that we were at the beach but it was so worth it!! Someday I do plan to live there, yes I have informed my husband of that. LOL!

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  5. Hear felt words from you, Ian. Blessings for this world we now see.

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      1. heartfelt, typo in there…

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  6. this was beautiful – I am reminded of a Carl Sagan piece describing the beauty of our earth and time limits upon our resources

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    1. Thank you Gina, a lovely comparison to have 🙂

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  7. Life may exist in a different form. May be it will extract energy from something else. Pretty hopeless reality, albeit still far away.

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    1. The hope is we don’t bring about our own downfall before nature even has the chance.

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    1. Thank you Robbie 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Jennie

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      1. You are welcome, Iain.

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  8. A nice change of pace, though I doubt this dream of the earth ending by natural causes will ever come true, we’re too screwed up as a race to wait that long!

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    1. Rushing towards our own destruction, and nothing is going to stop us!

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