If Only - Donna Harlan
I see the light more clearly in the darkness. Blackness sobers my soul, like a harsh wind. Violence argues for life more convincingly than peace, sadly so. Wish I didn’t need midnight to long for daylight; wish we didn’t need pestilence to yearn for unremarkable emotions. If only contrast was not the great revealer of blessing, if only a better day led to gratitude and remembrance, not greed and expectation, if only, if only.
Donna Harlan is a native of East Tennessee and a graduate of East Tennessee State University. Having lived in Europe and Asia, she has found the world to be an excellent teacher, second only to her family. She has self-published a collection of poetry.