Light: An Appreciation

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[Light] enables all vision/as it sears the eye,/it’s the scalpel/for the callus it creates. . . .” Skip Eisiminger

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“Starry Night on the Rhone,” by Vincent van Gogh, 1888 (Musée d'Orsay).

“Starry Night on the Rhone,” by Vincent van Gogh, 1888 (Musée d’Orsay).

Sterling (Skip) EisimingerCLEMSON South Carolina—(Weekly Hubris)—March 2018

By Skip Eisiminger

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”―Og Mandino 


Light is born
but never dies,

it ages
yet never changes, 

it shimmers unseen
above violet and below red,

it unfolds over an arc
and reknits without gold,

it travels among spheres
where the music has stopped, 

it enables all vision
as it sears the eye,

it’s the scalpel
for the callus it creates,

it has no mass
yet fills a starship’s sails,

it has no weight
but is curved by mass,

it travels forever
unless drawn down a hole,

it reads on the porch
as it blocks the stars,

it’s the tungsten of reason
and the off-switch of despair,

it careens at the same speed
off firefly or fear,

it’s slowed by glass
but cannot be hurried.

it’s slower than darkness
which had a head start,

and it’s inside Quakers
but outside the Pope.

To light, I feel,
the Gods must kneel.

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About Sterling Eisiminger

Dr. Sterling (“Skip”) Eisiminger was born in Washington DC in 1941. The son of an Army officer, he traveled widely but often reluctantly with his family in the United States and Europe. After finishing a master’s degree at Auburn and taking a job at Clemson University in 1968, he promised himself that he would put down some deep roots. These roots now reach back through fifty years of Carolina clay. In 1974, Eisiminger received a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, where poet James Dickey “guided” his creative dissertation. His publications include Non-Prescription Medicine (poems), The Pleasures of Language: From Acropox to Word Clay (essays), Omi and the Christmas Candles (a children’s book), and Wordspinner (word games). He is married to the former Ingrid (“Omi”) Barmwater, a native of Germany, and is the proud father of a son, Shane, a daughter, Anja, and grandfather to four grandchildren, Edgar, Sterling, Spencer, and Lena.
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4 Responses to Light: An Appreciation

  1. Alex Billinis says:

    Excellent Skip. No doubt had science been taught in such a manner the hole in my GPA caused by science grades would have been much smaller.

  2. Skip Eisiminger says:

    And your work spotlights the gaping holes in my history curriculum.
    Thanks, Alex.

  3. Elizabeth Boleman-Herring Elizabeth Boleman-Herring says:

    This is a lovely and perfect poem, Skip. I’m wondering when–over what span of time–you worked on it; its gestation and history?

  4. Skip Eisiminger says:

    Thank you! I recall discussing light with our very science-hip daughter-in-law about ten years ago over Thanksgiving dinner. So it’s taken a decade for Light to see the light.

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