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From where you’re sitting, look around and choose an object with the most energy  to write about. Set your timer for 10 minutes and go.



candle going out








I watch as the smoke
from impending extinction
rises from the altar candle
on my writing desk,
its blue and white-yellow flame
suddenly glowing hot and tall
as if reaching to heaven
in final supplication,
then silently, calmly
pulling within itself
and gently fading away.

I hope my last farewell
will be half as graceful.