O Gathering Light

Gathering-Light-3-2014- by Janice Mason Steves

“Gathering Light”  painting by Janice Mason Steeves
Here’s my “O” Antiphon for the day:


O gathering light,

receiving light,

ours, ocelli,

theirs, ommatidia,

Who opens the insects

to navigate the world,

finally, late this year, in

mid-November, when

strangely green leaves still stand on the pin oak,

on the mild still day,

at last , a ladybug

sails her way to my window screen,

A fly taxis in for a landing

on the lip of my cup.

Their semper cells –

crystalline cones under the eye lens –

always vigilant,

gathering light.

O facets,

oh cell’s eye,

oh my tidings awake,

graciously give me that


facile receiver!



ladybug on windowsill  karen laslo


bee eyes



macro photos insects   by   shikhei goh enpundit

Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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