Sunrise: the gold glow of fire

lighting Lands End,

bringing memories of marathons

triumphs of men

and brighter Greek days.

The steady flow of footfalls

will meander the countryside –

heralds in pyrotechnic proclamation.

The torch moves from hand to hand.


Sunrise: the gold glow of fire

on frightened heads

lighting Jerusalem darkness

recalling prophecy and promise.

The steady flow of footfalls

will meander the world

in glossolalian proclamation.

The torch moves generation to generation.


The Light has come.


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About Keith Wallis

Keith Wallis Keith Wallis is an English poet. He is a senior part of the leadership team of Houghton Regis Baptist church. An engineering designer by trade he brings a eye for detail as well as faith into his poetry. He is currently ‘poet in residence’ at Ruby e-zine and a moderator at His blog of ekphrastic* poetry is: where you’ll also find links to his books and his other blogs. Married to Val in 1970 he has two sons and three grandsons. The eldest grandson is disabled and cannot communicate verbally. Val is a literacy teacher and occasionally despairs of her husbands rebellious use of punctuation. Though not an ‘academic’ (school was a disaster) he was always fond of writing. He began submitting work for publication in the 1980’s after being encouraged by David R Morgan at that time the local community writer in residence. A number of small press magazines and anthologies took the work (poetry and graphics). Four small booklets were published over the following few years, three published by Stride Publications and one by Sol Publications. Joining in 2005 (and subsequently becoming a moderator) re-energised his writing. Recently work has published by: RootsWorship, EveryDayPoets, PoetryMonthly International, Word Catalyst Magazine, The Cypress Times, Christian Poet's Pen, Perpetual Magazine, Bewildering Stories, FaithFilledFamily magazine and Ruby magazine. Recent books : 'in moments like these': 'a River of Small Stones': 'by still waters' : 'a River of Small Stones ii': *ekphrastic means using one form of art to inform another – Keith uses his own photography as that base on this blog.

1 thought on “Torches

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    “Torches” in its two stanzas, infuses a great deal more cultural significance as well as gravitas into the symbolism of torch bearing than the current I.O.C. exercise in corporate p.r. and rummaging around the detritus of commercialism could ever achieve.

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