Salt of the Earth, Light of the World

Salt of the earth, light of the world

Epiphany 5; Matthew 5:13-20
If we, like salt, bring savour, and conserve
the earth, can we retain that quality?
Will words that sparkle on the tongue preserve
creation’s rights, and battle entropy?
If we are light that’s set upon a hill,
can we remain connected to a power
that through all blackouts keeps light burning still,
a glow of promise in the darkest hour?
If God’s commandments are our salt and light
to share with others in our dubious world,
how might we read that compass in the night,
and in the tempest, hold that map unfurled,
until like prisms, hearts share rainbow light,
while fields of salt beneath the sun flare white.
Barbara Messner February 2020

4 thoughts on “Salt of the Earth, Light of the World

  1. Perceptive metaphor – rhyme as a door; sometimes it feels like that as I write, especially in a sonnet – three rooms, where the rhyme leads us into that portion of meaning, then opens into the next, and a couplet to lead us out into the world.


  2. Thanks Eric. I wonder where your pondering on fields of salt took you. When you said that I suddenly saw an ambivalence in the image that i hadn’t intended – we have country where salinity has increased until nothing much grows, and after rain, shallow pink lakes dry off, glittering with salt, beautiful in a way but ominous. As Maren showed in her poem, salt can be painful and detrimental to nature.


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