Light Discussion

 Freedom means choosing your light,
 picking which part of the day means most,
 rising with mourning doves and dew,
 or celebrating the moon’s evolution.
  
 What becomes of the sunrise, 
 you writers already know:
 Daytime. Clockwork. Clouds and showers,
 temperatures based on the Earth’s hot moods.
  
 Evening feels so much smoother, 
 starlight beaming you in,
 moving you closer to temperamental sun
 closing its tired eyes. 
  
 “I’m so unappreciated,” sun says. 
 “Look at these stupid owls,
 penning their thoughts in darkness.
 Hoping for immortality.
 Why did they not choose me?”
  
 “You were too bright,” says moon.
 “Burning the world for hours, 
 reddening their aging skin, 
 drying their silvering hair. 
 They need soft showers of blackness, 
 restorative shadow and cover, 
 permission to eventually sleep.”
  
 “Okay,” sun sighs. “I’m beaten for now.
 But remember this my friends:
 I’ll ignite the sky again at dawn,
 rouse you from every influence,
 get you up and move you.
 Because that is how nature works,
 and I am the bringer of brightness.
 See you in morning.” 
  
By Katherine Gotthardt  
based on writing prompts by Kerry Molina

Katherine Gotthardt

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, hails from the Northern Virginia/D.C. metro area. She considers herself a writer by nature and by trade, having begun writing for fun as soon as her mother helped teach her to read. An active part of the literary community, Katherine is current president and a founding member of Write by the Rails (WbtR), the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. She has been a Prince William County Poet Laureate nominee and was the winner of Inside Nova’s 2019 and 2020 Best of Prince William award in the category of author. Get Happy, Dammit: Staying Inspired and Motivated in an Often-Unhappy World received a Silver Award from the Nonfiction Authors Association. Her children’s book, A Crane Named Steve, hit number one in its category on Amazon in 2019. Katherine took first place in the free verse category of Loudoun County Library Foundation’s 2020 Rhyme On poetry contest for her piece "Discussion Topic." The Prince William County Arts Council and Poet Laureate Circle awarded her the 2020 Outstanding Poetry Project Award for her leadership in Write by the Rails' Poems Around Town poetry installation. In 2021 she earned second place for "Aftermath" in a Poetry Society of Virginia national contest and a regional Seefeldt Award for Arts Excellence from the Prince William County Arts Council. While Katherine is well-known for her poetry, she also has established a solid reputation for writing articles, columns and short fiction. She is a full-time marketing writer for a government contracting company and is published in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has authored nine books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water, Bury Me Under a Lilac, Late April, A Crane Named Steve, Get Happy, Dammit and D.C. Ekphrastic: Crisis of Faith.
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