Little Bird of Doubt


The churches of Zacatecas have one thing in common: a pervasive darkness.
In Templo Santo Domingo: shadows on the altar, shadows lurking behind the crucifix, shadows hovering like ravens above the baptismal font. The opening words of Genesis seem to presage the scene: “…and darkness was upon the face of the deep….”
But how much darkness can I endure? How long can I consort with shadows? My soul cries out for light.
I run to the church’s massive front doors, peer out into the sunlit street, and see for myself that “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).
One glimpse of the light is enough. I turn back to enter the gloom and to embrace the darkness that dwells in me, and in all of us.

Little bird of doubt,
I caught you in the darkness,
fed you crumbs of light.

Text and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
Photo: Templo Santo Domingo, Zacatecas, México
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Posted on February 21, 2012, in haibun, Mexico, Poetic Bloomings, REDnesday, Ruby Tuesday 2, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Straight Out of the Camera Sunday, The Haiku Challenge 2012, Zacatecas. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. LOVE the scripture verse! Powerful to go with your image!!!



  2. A most interesting and different post.

  3. Wonderful post AND Haiku!!!

    Do you think the darkness might have anything to do with keeping the church cooler?

  4. This is very nice, the words, the haiku and the picture.

  5. Hmmm, something to think about next time I roam in the dark Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

  6. Love the idea of “crumbs of light”! Enchanting! And the photo is an enchanting snippet of the world beyond!

  7. “Crumbs of Light” … what a nice line. Love this haiku very much. Thank you for sharing.

  8. A very well crafted haiku. Love it!

  9. A nice way of looking at the light and hope ~

  10. Beautiful description and Image 🙂

  11. Thank you for this, it really spoke to me today and whispered words of reminder I needed to hear …

  12. Very good composition and framing.
    Beautiful haiku.

    Regards and best wishes

  13. What an interesting question. Feeding the little bird of doubt fattens up the doubt. But feeding it with light brings it wisdom. A little tension between the two thoughts, methinks!

  14. Beautiful question.. thoughtful one..

  15. Poetic Bloomings

    The photo, the background, the scripture, the poem … just delightful!

    Marie Elena

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