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So It Would Seem

In the black of the blackest black

a long smooth white candle in crystal’s grip

waits

unlit (so it would seem)

in an empty cathedral where darkness preaches darkness to a flock of darkness held hostage in pews of chains.

Wax and wick are silent, breath held, yet complete, minus fire and heat.

In the black of the blackest black

a long smooth white candle in crystal’s grip waits,

unlit only in physics gates,

but burning in the fenceless fields of faith.

Light is.

Light comes.

Wax and wick wait.

Crystal prepares to glisten, reflect, reject, and refute the rant of darkness held in black’s blackest black cloak of captivity.

Sound is not bound.

“Let there be light,” still echoes and grows.

Light was spoken.

Light is.

In the black of the blackest black

a long smooth white candle in crystal’s grip

waits

unlit( so it would seem).

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19 thoughts on “So It Would Seem

  1. nice…with the symbolism of the candle…the stanza on the empty cathedral was particularly vivid henry…burning in the fenceless fields of faith as well…nice write man…

  2. Wow. This is incredible, Henry. I love the repetition of “darkness.” All of your words were so powerful, but I think this was the most moving section to me: “in an empty cathedral where darkness preaches darkness to a flock of darkness held hostage in pews of chains.” The flickering candle image added a lot to the piece; excellent work.

  3. Wow, this is so unique, unusual even, but in the best way. Love the lyricism and repetitions, and the title phrase – ambiguous, flickering, potential, hangs on the imagination. Excellent and beautiful – thank you.

  4. Someone said that not all the darkness in all the universe is enough to put out the light from a single candle, so true.
    Beautiful piece of work, deep and poignant for it’s content but lovely in its imagery.

  5. this was very well done henry…a candle and light as symbols are so overused and could easily become shallow and even cheesy – but yours wasn’t at all…thanks for this…really enjoyed it

    • Thank you. It was risky using the candle in darkness, but I believe I presented it in a fresh enough way to get by with it. And sometimes things are what they are. Difficult times are dark, we need light, and sometimes we just have to know the light will come. Darkness is just the absense of light. If we know light is, and it will soon manifest, we can handle those darkest of times. And during some of these times, that is all that can be done. Stay anchored in what is believed, symbolised here by the crystal candle holder, and wait in faith. Light will come. Thank you again for your kind comment.

  6. Oh Henry, what beautiful symbolism you paint here with your words, although before I moved you had a gorgeous big tree here, I’m loving the new look of your blog.

    Very well done here, poignant but gentle.

  7. The slender unlit candle represents promise in the darkest of times. Although I am not one to invest in hope because I know disappointments, I see the beauty of the metaphoric messages. Wonderful poetry.

    Beth

  8. hedgewitch says:

    I can only echo what everyone else has said–a simple theme and universal symbol, perfectly executed, can never be overdone, but only reveal a new bright beam on an existing truth. Use of the word ‘black’ is outstanding and pushes but does not pass that line of too much, making the message all the more effective. One of your best, Henry, and that’s saying a lot.

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