electric candle – January 6


electric candle

in the bedroom window

filament of childhood


warmth against all

darkness and



I place one in my

window now

and remember


the small boy

who could not

express how afraid

and alone

he was


asking could not

the light stay on



not to be

snuffed away

by the season.


as if I could reach

back and across



to calm

his tightened breast.


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