Tsunami HiroshiSu

(September 15,1996 / Fort Collins, Colorado)

Babylon Candle


I see your smoke curling up
your tiny flame trembles
black in the center
I smile
what heat can you bring?
can you light my way?
what lies in the shadows
just outside my pool of light?
I will not be frightened
I promise
maybe curious
I will creep and tip-toe and sneak in the night
you my only light
dripping
waning
waxing
melting, hot and liquid
light my path
that I will tread
till my hardy light goes out
a lump of wax all that remains of my journey


'How many miles to Babylon?
Three score miles and ten.
Can I get there by candle-light?
Yes, and back again.
If your heels are nimble and light,
You may get there by candle-light.'

Submitted: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Edited: Saturday, December 07, 2013
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Inspired by Stardust by Neil Gaiman

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