Friday, October 15, 2010

"Lighting a candle"

She doesn't light candles much anymore.
Too many small hands to put in danger.
Too much tempting them with the glow of heat.
She doesn't always need the smell of pumpkin pie.
Too much effort to find the lighter.
Too little time to bask in the warmth and luxury.

She lights one tonight though.
And she remembers the days
When candles felt like all that she had.
When the careful lighting of them took the place of nursing.
And gentle bathing, and sweet baby mouth breathing over her shoulder.
And she puts her hand just close enough to the flame
To feel it nearly scald her skin.

She will throw caution to the lost wind
And fall asleep with one burning.

She will hope that the waxy trails of smoke
Draws babies into dreams the world over.


  1. Just wanted to say I'm enjoying the poems, Catherine, and thanks for sharing the picture. : )

  2. Thanks, Liz. I'm glad you're enjoying them. So much work still to do on so many of them. But, they're fun and they force me to sit down and focus. (Ha, like I need to do that so much more.)

  3. how powerful,vulnerable and honest...thanks again for sharing