Ric S. Bastasa is a Regional Trial Court Judge in the Philippines. He entered the Jesuit seminary in 1982 and studied Philosophy in Ateneo de Manila University. He completed the course in law from Andres Bonifacio College in 1987. He finds time for poetry despite his hectic trial schedules in the court. He is happily married to Emma Zanoria. The poet dedicates “To the Light” to our desire to go into the light. He explains: “We fail sometimes considering our human frailness, and so to balance our failures with our innate desire for goodness, we finally arrive at a compromise: live our frail humanity but at the same time also struggle for what is divine and perfect. The ‘gray’ shade is that compromise”.