The Life Within Me

“Inner Light” by Ron Davis (December 6th, 2002) Image credit:

In the twilight world
Between darkness and light,
I feel more at home
Than ever.

As darkness falls,
My mind awakens;
As darkness increases,
My heart swells
With the memory
Of your touch.

How I loved the moment of closeness
As we embraced!
The revelation of your inner world,
In the fleeting moments
When our eyes met were
More powerful than
The quantum events
That rule the universe.

My capacity for emotion and
Deep feeling extend far beyond
My worldly place,
And beckon me still
In reveries of silence,
In the open spaces
Between thoughts.

You shine a light in my darkness.
You are the life within me.

About jjhiii24
Way back in 1973, as a young man embarking on the journey of a lifetime, I experienced what Carl Jung described as “the eruption of unconscious contents,” which compelled me to seek the path I continue to pursue to this day. The path of discovery has led me through an astonishingly diverse range of explorations in philosophy, science, and religion, as well as the many compelling ideas in the literature and scriptures of the cultures of the world. There is, in my view, a compelling thread made up of components of each, that runs through the fabric of life. The nature and study of human consciousness has been a compelling subject for me for more than twenty years. I have spent a great deal of my time and energies trying to come to terms with my own very particular “inner experience” of life, and to somehow understand how the events and flow of my temporal life have directly been influenced by the workings within. Sharing what I have come to understand about my own “Inner Evolution,” has tasked my intellect and communications skills in a big way. I am only just beginning to feel confident enough in the results of my study and contemplation to express the many various aspects of what I have uncovered within myself. I am hopeful that my own subjective and personal experience of my own “human spirit” will resonate with others, and encourage them to explore their own.

16 Responses to The Life Within Me

  1. patricemj says:

    This is a lovely poem, John. I like the idea of “…the open spaces between thoughts”

  2. jjhiii24 says:


    You are a soul who fills the “open spaces between thoughts.” I only wish I could convince others to share in this. God Bless You!…… John H.

    • patricemj says:

      The manner in which others become convinced of something is a bit of a mystery, isn’t it? 🙂

      • jjhiii24 says:

        There is no question that the path that leads us to being convinced of something can be one of illumination or convolution, and can be the result of expanding our horizons or narrow self-interest, and everything in between. We can run blindly down a dead end, or we can sustain a steady pace that allows for a balanced approach, where we can adjust as we go. It just depends on the soul who travels along the path.

        The mystery is usually in the form of inexplicable conclusions based on thoughts and ideas that we cannot understand or fully appreciate. I am sensitive to these issues and try to embody a balanced approach in my prose, and save the mystery for my poetry.

        Your thoughts are always welcome in this place…….John H.

  3. milenanik3 says:

    Reblogged this on Milenanik3's Blog and commented:
    amazing poem about inner light,love and so much more

    • jjhiii24 says:

      Your acknowledgement is an affirmation of the inner light and love that I spoke of in the poem. The connection is mysterious, but quite real.
      Thank you for sharing so generously…..John H.

  4. I started writing in 1971, prompted by a racial incident, and God calmed my nerves and has been in all i say since. I read your poem and was moved deeply, as i have had that experience before! And the beauty and sincerty in your words profess what is alive in your heart. Very awesome poem my brother. Have a very blessed weekend!

    • jjhiii24 says:

      When extraordinary events happen in our lives, we often say that our response was because, “…the spirit moved me.” It is my feeling that it is not a movement BY the spirit, but rather..OF the spirit…the spirit within us, and as Ralph Waldo Emerson suggested:

      “…the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or parcel of God.”

      We are most often moved by that which lives in our hearts. It is a recognition of a profound connection to everything that lives, instilled in us by the creator of all things.

      Thank you for your kind words…….John H.

    • jjhiii24 says:

      You are also very nice to say so. I loved this line from your post, “The Charmer of Words:”

      “The one beauty of poetry is rather than painting a full picture with words and telling a tale it lets the Reader imagine. There is always room to add and subtract for the reins no longer remain in the hands of the Poet.”

      What a profound insight into the art of poetry! Many thanks….John H.

  5. jjhiii24 says:


    I’m so glad you enjoyed reading my poem! It always surprises me when someone has such a positive response to something I write. It is my hope always, of course, but we often cannot see our own work in the way others do. It expresses something very personal in my view, when the reader of a poem, feels such a response to the poet’s intent–a commonality with others.

    Thank you for visiting…….John H.

  6. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    as I read this again…
    I liked it even more…
    I love the twilight part of my thoughts…
    clarity where the light isn’t blinding me and its not to dark to see…
    Beautifully staed John…
    Take Care…

    • jjhiii24 says:

      Your thought to share your response is a gift. The twilight hours are always my favorite time to contemplate my life. The sun descending in the sky gives me such inspiration, and as the sun rises slowly, the awakening of all life gives me hope.

      Looking into the eyes of someone we love, is like that feeling in the twilight. The places we inhabit in our lives define the moments of habitation, but the moments in between those defined moments, is where we truly live.

      Thank you so much for giving my words another look…….John H.

  7. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    your words have a wonderful energy flowing through them..
    I like that feel….
    calming in a chaotic world..
    you are very welcome..
    i will probably read again…and again…

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