A Strain of Light. A poem by Frances Browner

Amid the silence, loneliness, quiet
Of social distance and self-isolation
Search for that single strain of light

Forget fake news that aims to frighten
In your dreams, embrace consolation
Amid the silence, loneliness, quiet

Walk along a beach in the moonlight
Gather at the cove in grand celebration
Stroll onto the harbour for sunrise
Focus on that single strain of light

Sip sidewalk cappuccino, with delight
Take someone’s hand without hesitation
Amid the silence, loneliness, quiet

We’ll kiss, brush lips, hug a lover tight
Lock like spoons in joyous anticipation
Find that single strain of light

In our new world of constant aggravation
Anxiety, indifference, communication
Amid the silence, loneliness, and quiet
Seek that single strain of light


Frances Browner grew up in Dublin; spent twenty years in America and now resides in County Wicklow. Her short fiction and memoirs have appeared in magazines, short story anthologies; been shortlisted for competitions and broadcast on Irish radio. Poems have been published in print and online. She tutors creative writing and history with a County Dublin community education board and launched a poetry collection, Roots & Wings, in December 2019.


  1. Super narrative on something very current. Congratulations, Frances Browner

    1. Thanks Margaret! Stay sane.

  2. That “single strain of light” is what we all seek Francis. Thank you for this reminder that it is everywhere. Pat Keeley (Wed. DL Group).

  3. Thanks Pat, nice of you to comment.

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