Souls on fire, or: Lights emanate

A ‘Candlelight’ poem

Today we live free
of harsh Greek decrees.
Jews commemorate;
lights emanate
from our windows.
Our kiddos
play games,
sing songs,
and watch
the
twirl
of
those
small
bright
flames,
while licking greasy fingers.

Candlelight poetic form?

  • 17 lines;
  • Syllabic: 5-5-5-4-4-3-2-2-2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-7;
  • Rhymed: a-a-b-b-c-c-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x;
  • Centered on the page.

d’Verse poetics prompt

At d’Verse, we are encouraged to think about the lights we have at this time of year. Candlelight, firelight, but also fairy lights, streetlights โ€“ and those massive displays of Christmas lights that people put up in their front gardens… And then: write a poem about light.


Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

33 thoughts on “Souls on fire, or: Lights emanate”

  1. Wonderful scene David, well written โ€” thank youโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐ŸผโœŒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ•Šโฃ๏ธ

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