‘Candle’ – the role it has played in our history and our evolution. So many rituals that involve them and gifts brought through them. What stands out for you?
Stories that involve a candle, are many… Do you have any? What feelings arrive with them? What does it conjure for you?
What a wonderful image that can take us to so many places, to explore, question, imagine, feel and express.
Something so simple, yet so expansive in many ways.
We hope you enjoy our poems this week.
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The next week’s word is ‘scam’
Hope to see you there.
The candle flames invites me in
The warmth of colour
Flickering dancing drawing me out of my secret dreams
Those erotic fantasies now unlocked
Lips touching electric static shocks
Fingers caressing on soft velvet skin
As food wine and music sings
Such deep down peace that this joy brings
Moments of bliss again lives
Alive real for awhile
Taunting unbridled desire
Trying to find that lost smile
Then as the flame stutters
Fighting to keep alight
Its light is snuffed out
Like wisps of trailing smoke
Leaving ripples of my emotions
Gently flowing in and out
They eventually disappear
Hiding again in my secret dreams
You light this taper here with matches And then what? You go and light the candles on altar How many? Well this is just a Mass so just the 2 on the altar Just a mass? I mean it depends on the service What do you mean? Well, let me see… there is; High Mass, Benediction, Novena, Easter, With Maundy Thursday, Good Friday Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday …. Wow!… there’s a lot How will I know what to do in each case? Just ask Who? Father Price Ok How old are you? Six You will learn, in time…
I get rostered on to a 7am mass… only me… I am nervous… lots of what-ifs…
The church, it’s dark, quiet, echoey and a bit spooky At least there is a light on in the sacristy… Right light the taper with the matches… Where are they?… Oh wait, need to put on my Cassock and Cotta first
Good morning Father …and you are? Um Nigel Have you served before? Um, n-no Father I see… Any questions? Um, I was told to light 2 candles… what about the red one? Do you know what the red one means? No Father It means that God is present… so it must not go out ok? Yes Father Also, except, for when holding the plate for communion, never look back at the congregation… Supposing there is danger? Not even then
Right, now to light the candles Phew first one done… The second one is tricky… the wick is not up… people are watching…what if it will not light…? Phew it took… hope it does not blow out…
The red one, over there is not too bright… maybe God is sleeping…. If that goes out what do.I do? Does that mean God is dead… no, he cannot die… I hope he wakes up for the Mass…
They’re done… all candles present and lit…
If I was 3. I wonder if I would be allowed to blow out all 3 for my birthday…? No….not the red one, however maybe I could blow 2 out…
Hang on, I am 6…I do know my 2 times table, 1×2=2, 2×2=4, 3×2=6…. So… maybe I could light the 2 candles and blow them out 3 times… that could work… except… I have already had my birthday and blown out 6 candles so…
The candles look nice… I have just realised… I am serving on my own… I also have to do the bell…
How exciting… :) (NRS)
Gone is the flame
Walking into the cathedral to light a candle for a loved one, I was reminded of a cold dark And winters night…
With a clash that crashed And blacked out our sight With a candle that brought the light, the mesmerizing dance of the flame Entertained my mind My heart and spirit As one, it became In that moment there was no shame No nonsense of the life game A resonance quite tribal Not religious like a bible More a kindred love Flying wings of a dove A feeling deep through the ages Where there was freedom Not like today’s cages A heart connection Deep introspection My soul mate near Nothing to fear A knowing growing My pulse exploding Grateful to see They’re here with me My ‘twin flame’…
Now arriving at the alter to look deep into the flame I am horrified! What a shame It can no longer be Flames now replaced with a battery…