There was a time where,
I would think about you, love.
Now, you are nothing.
I almost grabbed the candle that made me weak for you and yet, I knew I was better than that.
- love described like the life of a candle
You are like a candle darling.
Hot from the inside,
Look how high you can fly.
I can feel your burning flame
Same with you burnt my heart.
I’m not the same with who you used to know,
Though the change didn’t happen in a night.
I remember the way you move,
How you danced before my eyes,
But now I can’t stop talking
Just the way I can’t stop thinking
You burnt my heart darling
But it won’t stop beating.
Written about for those who lit the spark in our bonfire hearts.
the four candles
one at a time.
I place my mask
on my face.
At some point
I stop thinking.
I just dance
I hurl my frustration
candles of change.
My thoughts are
I draw strength
fires of fury.
and I dance
and I dance.
I ground myself.
the furious strength
I go deeper.
new strength within.
I take my mask
And I keep dancing.
Happy late Beltane everyone!
My candle is my motivation
Because I am often in the dark
I stare down at the feeble fire
And get lost within my art
On days when the sun is hard to see
And when I’m lacking fire within
There is my candle shining still
A tiny flame that never dims
For hours in the dark I write
Crouched next to the bitsy blaze
My candle fuels me to keep going
In hope of brighter days
You are asleep and I lie beside you. How is it
that you can create tenderness and transcendence
when you are in stillness? Yes, the gentle breeze
of summer's night blows through the open window
and wafts through your golden hair, but you are
deep in slumber, and only the flame of the yellow
candle on the dresser top acknowledges this susurrus.
There is upon us a deep silence as the full moon
slowly makes its way across night's sky. I am now
carefully on my elbow gazing at your iridescent
visage. I turn my head and look at the mirror that
doubles my pleasure. Can I be this blessed even
for a moment? Serenity surrounds us. I lean over
to kiss your forehead lightly. Imagine a lifetime of
bliss, nightimes of joy, sharing with you in silence
the fullness of loving and being loved as the moon
passes by, as the yellow candle's flame flickers
like the vicissitudes of life, but knowing all the
while that gentle breezes will blow all unease and
uncertainties away as the sun begins to rise.
Copyright 2020 Tod Howard Hawks
A graduate of Andover and Columbia College, Columbia University, Tod Howard Hawks has been a poet, a novelist, and a human-rights advocate his entire adult life.
I was used for heat
Candle lit for awhile
Snuffed out with a pinch
You made me melt but I barely warmed your fingertips