‘The Inward Light’ and Other Poetry by Ann Keith The Society June 11, 2015 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 2 Comments The Inward Light Be proof against the eye and ear And every sense that stultifies The inward light, supreme, austere, The keenly sharp, the keenly clear, That by the lucent beam it darts Illuminates the deepest hearts. Sonnet on Discernment All varied lengths and waves are there: The ear Receives their tones; the soul perceives and weighs Each separate shade of light and sound that plays Upon it subtly in the atmosphere. Become discerning slowly by severe Self-discipline, it isolates the rays Of beneficial influence and obeys Their summons and endeavors to draw near. Desiring always purity, release From bonds and false misshapings that decrease The vigor of its vision, as a flower Turns to the sun, the soul must never cease To move towards that source of radiant peace That draws it steadily at every hour. Featured Image: “Sunset, Lake George, New York” by Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900). Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 2 Responses Daniel June 11, 2015 Very nice. I really like “The Inward Light.” Highly quotable! Reply NealD July 2, 2015 RE: The Inward Light. Ann Keith: may your tribe increase. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.