Lynn White: “The Light At The End Of The Tunnel”





The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

They all said the same,
that the light
at the end
of the tunnel
had been switched off.
She didn’t believe it.
Who would do such a thing?
So she went in search of it
wended her way along
the long dark tunnel
until she saw it
just a speck at first,
a glimmer of
from the outside in
while leaving the dark
Perhaps they were right
someone had turned it off
She scrambled up towards
to the end of the tunnel
and searched for the switch.
She found it
turned it on
and then
all was bathed in light
flooded with bright white light
but still she saw nothing
nothing hopeful
just emptiness
bathed in light,
in blinding light
so bright
so blinding
she fell back
into the dark
into the emptiness of the dark.

She left the light on.



About the Author: Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy. She was shortlisted in the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Rhysling Award. Her poetry has appeared in many publications including: Apogee, Firewords, Peach Velvet, Light Journal and So It Goes. Find Lynn at: and


More by Lynn White:

Imagination’s Real

We Should Have Seen It Coming


Image Credit: Douglas M. Edwards “Nevada Spoils Tunnel, south end interior, view northeast – Hoover Dam, Nevada Spoils Tunnel, Near the Lower Portal Tunnel Access Road, Boulder City, Clark County, NV” (2003) Image courtesy of the Library of Congress

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