Sometimes
A ray is enough
To last us a lifetime
Lighting up our path
Like the guiding star

Sometimes
A smile stays with us
Goofy crinkles and all
Warming up our days
With a festive glow

Sometimes
The goodness of a soul
rubs off on ours
In an instant, revealing
everlasting zest for life

Sometimes
The night opens wide
And swallows whole
the light and the smile
Leaving nothingness behind

And then
hope sews us back
with sweet remembrance
Light shining our mettle
that smile in our hearts