Daniel Brick

Gold Star - 72,260 Points (June 10,1947 / St. Paul MN)

An Excess Of Light A Sonnet - Poem by Daniel Brick

As the sun begins its descent
into night, its slanted rays
illuminate with special brightness
parts of a landscape already shrouded
in shadows. I love to see a tiny branch
at the base of a towering elm tree
visited by one of those slanting rays,
to see its ten or twelve leaves
covered in an excess of light so that
they shine with an improbable glow
for several minutes. Just a brief glow,
but that is long enough to revive me,
no matter how much has been taken
from me by the day's alarms...

Topic(s) of this poem: gratitude, nature

Form: Sonnet


Comments about An Excess Of Light A Sonnet by Daniel Brick

  • Aqua Flower (7/2/2016 7:42:00 PM)


    Nature has a way doing that. When all else fails, I take a ride to the beach and smell the ocean, I hear the crashing waves, see the smiling children; s faces as they run on the beaches of where I live. Yes we need to always keep our eyes open to the beauty that God has given us! I love the poem and how you describe the light and the reflection of the shadows on the leaves of the elm tree! (Report) Reply

    Daniel Brick Daniel Brick (7/2/2016 8:51:00 PM)

    Thank you for your appreciation. Your comment with its exciting imagery of life in the natural environment shows you have a strong sense of nature and her wonders within you.

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  • (11/24/2015 2:55:00 PM)


    Very evocative. It also shows that there are natural joys around us. Joys that we sometimes overlook Thank you for reminding me of that.. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (9/28/2015 12:05:00 AM)


    I can so much relate to this poem! When at times we feel rather weighed down, the sight of a simple object of nature can suddenly illuminate our otherwise downbeat inner landscape! It is a beautiful sight to watch the slanting rays of the dying sun falling over a cluster of leaves giving them an extra sheen. Such small visuals of Nature can suddenly wipe away the gloom from us and give us instant joy, though may not be long standing! A cute little poem, direct and simple! (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini (9/21/2015 6:15:00 AM)


    ''[..] an improbable glow
    [..] Just a brief glow,
    but that is long enough to revive me''

    a brief glow at sunset.. a magical glow.. just before darkness.. Ah, the 'magic' of Poetry..!
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  • Kelly Kurt (9/18/2015 1:16:00 AM)


    There are so many small, seemingly hidden joys in a day that most people don't identify and so can't appreciate. The low angle of a sun-ray, striking and highlighting a cluster of leaves. These things give me almost irrational joy. And if not long lasting, at least a temporary respite from any so called troubles.
    Daniel, the light wasn't in excess, it was just right. Just like this poem.
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  • Terry Craddock (9/17/2015 7:51:00 PM)


    absolutely loved this Daniel, will reread this and meditate upon the lines many times (Report) Reply

  • (9/17/2015 7:38:00 PM)


    What a wonderful poem!
    What a delight!
    You make us see and feel
    That reviving shining light.
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/17/2015 7:34:00 PM)


    Wonderfully sun begins in to its descent in to night and we observe slanted of rays that illuminate special brightness. This poem is really very interesting sonnet that speaks very nicely about wise imagery shared. Excesses of light definitely shine here and we feel the zeal of sharing such a marvelous work.....10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 17, 2015

Poem Edited: Thursday, September 17, 2015


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