Light a Candle

We see flowers and a candle floating on water; candlelight is reflected in the water.

Reflecting
on the year that has passed
on the year before that
on how our lives have changed.

Remembering
the loved ones taken
without goodbyes, without a hug
or a gentle brush of a cheek.

Thinking
of those we couldn’t comfort
grieving behind closed doors
spending a first Christmas alone.

Lighting
a solitary candle
watching it flicker
pushing away the darkness.

Reminiscing
about the happy times
the laughter and the smiles
knowing they will return.

Wiping away
the tears that stain the page
the flame sputters, then strengthens
and burns again anew.

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Image credit: Being.the.traveler@Β Pexels

Written in response to Sadje‘s What Do You See #114 photo prompt

82 thoughts on “Light a Candle

  1. Remembering
    the loved ones taken
    without goodbyes, without a hug
    or a gentle brush of a cheek.
    These lines are heart touching. My eyes became wet. Many loved ones gone without saying goodbye.We miss them.

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