Ordeal of Fire

Strike a match and light the candle,
Gaze into the cheerful flame.
Find the blue, the darker part,
And the wick’s tip brightly gleaming.

See it widening, opening, splitting,
Parting like a sea of fire
To reveal what lies between
The candle flames.

Find the hidden path of tears,
Follow down the winding way,
Pass onwards through the fire…
…beyond all measured time…

Then stand your feet
Firm upon the ground,
And commit to memory
What you have heard and seen,
Striving to retain the ken of
Passing through the flame.

© jsmorgane (June 2010)

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  1. scrying with a candle is easier than with a crystal ball. I have never found the on switch on mine and it remains dark…

  2. Wow…Beautiful, constructive and imaginative…Nice work. Cheers!!!

  3. loved the images your words invoke..nice writing!

  4. i particularly love that last stanza….

  5. Just love your universe:)

  6. Fantastic poem with great images.

  7. Lovely use of language here– welcome to the Rally!

  8. Okay…I really hate to be redundant… but…
    WOW!!!..this is a an amazingly beautiful poem…the imagery and draw upon each of our memories of looking at the candle’s flame is just perfect…KUDOS!

    • I think there’s a never-ending fascination to candles and fire…
      Your words are so encouraging, so glad you always come back here to read and comment!

  9. powerful and instantly captivating.
    I love the beginning especially.
    Wonderful stuff ,really.

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