there is a silver light flickering in the distance
a candle perhaps
or is it hope

it is the light in all our hearts,
but it seems so far away



i dream while awake and find there the challenges
of my life in metaphor
never clearly defining a path

but always that light in the distance
always hope as a guide –

i would like to hold that light tight and close
giving myself sight and course
but distance seems necessary



is it easier to fight and struggle
than to walk slowly,
and with purpose


each step closer the candle flickers and dies then is renewed further down the path


is this simply life
are we made to want to suffer
or do we simply think we must



who taught us that suffering is human
who made us feel that life must be hard
who said that pain cannot simply be accepted and embraced with love

i want to embrace pain knowing it means i have lived
and to hold that candle
my light
in my hand to guide me through it,
not make me long for less

can i live without regret?
do i want to?



does the sea regret the pain it encompasses?
does the sky remember the dangers is possesses?
or does the earth simply embrace and accept its role in the universe?

can we?

i ask myself

why do i question everything
why do i see the world as dark or light
why do i question my place

perhaps I simply am
and that’s enough

is that enough?
and if not…



© Nichole Donje’

Author: Finding True North

Nichole Donje is a interdisciplinary artist, activist and leader. A philosopher and self-exploration addict, Nichole is currently working on two books of art and poetry FINDING TRUE NORTH and LIFE POEMS. She is a visual artist and photographer. Nichole founded and ran the highly regarded New York City based independent theatre company TAPT/The Artist’s Playground Theatre, from 2006-2016. Serving as TAPT’s Artistic Director, Nichole worked diligently to support new and forgotten works that help shape the way we view the world around us. A recognized leader, Nichole served three terms as Vice President of the Board of Directors for The Players and currently served on the Executive Committee. The Players is the oldest theatrical club in the country founded by such luminaries as Edwin Booth and Mark Twain "for the promotion of social intercourse between the representative members of the dramatic profession and the kindred professions of literature, painting, sculpture and music, and the patrons of the arts". A key influencer of the Players current revitalization she has become an advocate for the art and livelihood of a social club. The Players not only honors yesterday’s and today’s luminaries of the performing arts, but also brings back the forgotten art of face to face relationships. Nichole is a member of SAG-AFTRA, LPTW/League of Professional Theatre Women, LeanInNYC, and The Players.

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