The air was calm below the palm
so rested, I awhile.
I stared across the quiet lake
with my own lazy smile.
The sun had set and I had let
the time just slip away.
I lost myself among my thoughts
and it had seemed okay.
Reflections though, had taught me so.
There's something you should know -
how they reflect the real thing
in fascinating show.
There's no delight in distant light
where nothing misbehaves -
But watch those sparkles dancing on
the tops of rippled waves.
That shimmer see, will always be
from light across the lake.
That dancing drew attention from
the light that isn't fake.
Half-way across the lake they tossed.
They glittered brilliantly.
Deceiving, long reflections as
that light shone silently.
I liked the show - reflection's glow -
and there was nothing feared.
But when that distant light turned off,
Was I deceived? Did I believe
that distant light, God's Son?
Or focused I, on rituals -
merely the reflection?
This poem won first place for the December 2017 poetry contest