January Post-Election Reflections

Carol A. Hand



star in the darkening sky

on crisp and clear winter evenings

sometimes above the welcoming curve

of the crescent


Ah Venus,

shine your enduring

love On a world in need of your

reflected light Grace our dreams with visions

of peace Harbinger of hope guiding us through the coming night


Crescent Moon - Wikimedia (edited)

Crescent Moon – Wikimedia (edited)




About Carol A. Hand

What matters are not the titles I’ve held or university degrees I earned or the size of a house or bank account. It’s really what I’ve learned from ordinary people like me whom I’ve met along the way. They taught me to live with gratitude and give thanks for each new day.
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34 Responses to January Post-Election Reflections

  1. Lovely. Just what we need, words of loving kindness leave me with hope, renewed trust and faith in the universe to take care of it all. Xx

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  2. thejuicenut says:

    We certainly are in need of a guiding light of love in these difficult times. Beautiful words, as always. 💜

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    • Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comments, Chris. These are difficult times, and it’s not easy to find reasons to keep hope alive. Yet amid the darkness, the beauty of nature and kindness still remind me that as long as there’s life, there’s hope. There are small things we can each do to breathe kindness and light into being. Your lovely comments have done that for me ❤

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  3. kethuprofumo says:

    Great & encouraging!

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  4. Rivenrod says:

    Enlightenment. The Age of Enlightenment. I’m not sure there will be enough light to go around. Ah Venus, shine your enduring love . . .

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  5. victorialise says:

    Lovely! Needed the encouragement. Thank you

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  6. Leya says:

    Much needed – thank you.

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  7. Beautiful, Carol. Definitely needed. May we continue to inspire and lift each other with beautiful words like these and reminders of who we are for we know well who we are not.

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  8. susanissima says:

    Thank you, dear Carol. You’re words are uplifting, hope-giving. May you be blessed!

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  9. underswansea says:

    Hi Carol, it’s funny how those stars and planets keep shining and wandering the sky regardless. Some people say it makes them feel small, but it always makes me feel lucky. Wonderful poem. Bob

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    • Bob, I always feel lucky when you share photos of the incredibly beautiful night sky where you live. Small – well we are in comparison to the vast unknown universe. Those who witness the wonder and beauty of the stars and planets are lucky, and those who share their luck through photos and stories are a gift to others.

      It’s hard to see many stars where I live. There are so many lights on all night on my side of town – street lights and the brightly-lit school grounds and elders’ apartment building. Bright Venus in the southwest evening sky during January has been a welcome visible exception and companion, especially when she traveled with the crescent moon.


      • underswansea says:

        Thank you for your kind words Carol. I am delighted you enjoy the pictures of the night sky. We are very lucky where we live to have dark skies. I do understand how man made light can wash out the stars. I have taken many people from the city into the mountains at night and they are always amazed at the stars. One person even commented to me, if everybody could see the stars like this the world would be a different place. I didn’t disagree. Venus is absolutely brilliant now. Below is a link to a few pics when Venus was a morning star and it came up with a crescent moon right behind it. It was a spectacular rising and one I will never forget. Take care and keep your eye on Venus.

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        • Thank you so much for sharing your stunning photos of the night sky, Bob, and for sharing your knowledge of the stars, planets, and constellations. You have opened up new worlds of wonder. ❤


  10. So beautiful dear Carol! 🙂 ❤

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  11. Beautiful. Full of heart.

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  12. Kev says:

    Love the pattern. 🙂

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