Light in the Dark

Kayleigh de Verteuil

Literary Darwinism




Evolution is something that is never ending. It occurs over a very long period of time and it is impossible for one to actually see the effects of it in their lifetime. This is a poem that is made up of phrases from “The Year of the Flood”. This book portrays the evolutionary concept of group selection very well. In this book, religion is what brings the Gardener group together. They show that having faith is one of the most important things in life. Having faith can help somebody who is going through a hard time and give them hope for something better. A lot of people rely on their faith in this life, and to them, without it, life has no meaning. This poem shows that even after all the darkness, there will always be light at the end of the tunnel. This is how people who have faith see life. At the end of the day, we are blessed. Blessed to have everything we have, and blessed to wake up each and every day with something new to be thankful for.


Light in the Dark


In the night, (5)

They’re afraid. (5)

Listen for the sound of their fear. (5)

It was dangerous, (4)

A moment she never forgot. (43)


Leave no trails, (6)

For if you are clutched, (21)

Or even touched, (21)

You too will drown. (21)


In the early morning, (3)

The sun rises in the east. (3)

Swept away by the waterless flood, (91)

On the wings of God’s dark angels. (91)


Don’t cry. (23)

I’m lucky. (4)

I’m really very lucky. (4)




Atwood, Margaret. The Year of the Flood. New York: Random House, 2009. Print.



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