The Candle

The Candle


The candle-

a recent gift

from dear, old friends.

It’s a housewarming present.

Seafoam green in color,

the thick cylinder of wax

nestles in a clear glass jar.

Hugging the container is

a roughened metal overlay

of sparkling butterflies.

When lighter ignites the wick,

it sputters. As flame licks down

the bundled threads, it spits.

Melted wax

encircling the wick

is an emerald puddle.

Its fragrance is jasmine.

As the flame

reaches higher,

it crackles

and dances across

the darkened walls

and ceiling.

I am mesmerized.

This candle celebrates

my homecoming and  links

past to present.

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