Lamps of God


Morgan Harper Nichols- Lamps of God

Editor’s Note: Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author Morgan Harper Nichols (All Along You Were Blooming) is well-loved in our community for her art, poetry, and essays. We’ve included several of Morgan’s art pieces here for you to enjoy!


Lamps of God

Down in the desert plain deep in the night,
the moon arrives,

filling summer’s evening sky. There, on the ground
where dust wisps around your feet, you notice sharp, brawny leaves. Now fully blooming,

the yucca flower
painting herself white, flickering outward and upward, nature’s candlelight.


Lamparas de Dios — Lamps of God,
some say —
for during the day,
she tucks her petals
to hide from the heat,
but under evening’s brow,

she sighs and peeks out,

and free
to shine ever-so brightly
when you thought she’d be asleep.

Come alive, come alive,
deep into the night,
come and dance and wave and stretch

under the moon’s loving gaze.



lamps of God


You stand at the base of the mountain, cold air swipes
the bridge of your nose.

High above,
in October,
it snows,
and at the same time, from where you stand, autumn burns the leaves orange and yellow.

Here in this tension there is no divide, for at the mountain there is space for ice and light to have their place.


It is hard to notice
on the rain-shadow side of the mountain. You are thirsty for a spring,
even a hint of morning dew,
but you are overwhelmed by the desert that feels like nothingness
unraveling endlessly
inside you.

Look long,
look slow,
the shadows before you will start to grow forward.


There is more ahead of you that you have yet to know.

The range of the mesas rise up in the distance.

Their song is in a different tongue than the mountains you once knew, but oh, how beautiful their sound. Do not be afraid

of your voice.

Lamps of God

Excerpted with permission from How Far You Have Come by Morgan Harper Nichols, copyright Novkoa, LLC.

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Your Turn

Look up! Under the stars ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you in His still small voice. You are here because God loves you and created you for good! Taste the divine and rejoice! ~ Devotionals Daily


Morgan Harper Nichols is a writer, artist, and musician who makes her work around people and their stories. Morgan spent the first few years of her adult life as a college admission counselor, and then, as a full-time touring singer-songwriter and musician. It was on the road that she cultivated her curiosity and passion for the written word and art, and slowly began to share her art with others online. In 2017, Morgan started a project where she invites people to submit their stories to her website. From there, she creates art inspired by what they send her, and then, sends them the art, for free. Nearly everything Morgan creates and shares today is from this project, and she always keeps the names and stories anonymous. The fruit of this project is shared daily around social media, in publications, on murals, and more. As an artist, Morgan has been commissioned by and collaborated with publications and brands including Adobe, LiveNation, Aerie, Coach, Esquire Singapore, and more. She has been featured on social platforms for publications such as Teen Vogue, Refinery 29, Hello Giggles, and SoulPancake. As a writer, her debut book ‘Storyteller’ is a #1 Amazon Bestseller in Inspirational Poetry. Morgan is now a full time writer, artist, and musician, and travels to speak, teach, and perform. She is on the board of directors at TWLOHA (To Write Love on Her Arms). Morgan is originally from Atlanta, Ga. and she and her husband Patrick currently reside just a little south of Los Angeles in Orange County, Ca.

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