Bright dappled sunlight dots cool checkered shade
with twinkling dimples clear.
And each – the light, the dark – is more intense,
more deeply cherished here —
Because the other dances at its edge.
My blessings burn across my fevered life
with scars of joy and pain.
For sun and shadows lightly co-exist,
with loss to balance gain —
And sorrow richly frames my greatest joys.