even a flickering candle
shines brightly in the dark
and offers warmth, of a sort
but never makes a mark

small lights born in darkness
don't know how to shine
they only know they don't belong
within its bleak designs

beaten for no reason
battered to take the fall
for unrepentant misery
and reasons they can't recall

born to bear the burden
of someone else's lack
no surprise in blinded eyes
when futile light goes black

embrace the dark surrounding you
the only hold you know
accept within that you are sin
destined to never glow

deep in bushel covered heart
dimmed embers in the ash
struggle to burst into flame
a secret hoarded cache

but time and time and time again
the fire is stomped out
cruelty ever finds it's mark
of this there is no doubt

without the air of love to breathe
new life into dead ashes
the light can only shine through cracks
in blinding brittle flashes

unloved and now unlovable
the dark heart knows despair
all the pain and hated shame
a weight it cannot bear

one last desperate end-game move
the final spark tastes air
and flying late through Heaven's gate
offers God an angry prayer

however in His presence
the rage finds sweet release
His holy light shines so bright
the spark at last knows peace

in precious private time with Him
my whole purpose in one remark
"even a flickering candle can
shine brightly in the dark"

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Artie commented on flicker


I felt every word of this. You asked for me, so here it comes- The light inside you is the same as the light inside us all. It cannot be extinquished by the darkness. It can only be covered by the walls we build around ourselves for protecion. Don't give in to the fear!! Break down the walls - become the beacon!!! The light within you my angel, is no mere candle. And no where near as fragile. I see it, and I'm drawn to it. I'm in awe of it. I see you. 10 fom me...

sawdust commented on flicker


if only to sit and listen to your words that you intrust im humbled to my very soul yet my feelings a cant discuss thank you for shareing such a wonderful gift

extrarib commented on flicker


You write with greatness. I really appreciate that which poignantly touches deep within. Very gifted writing. Thank you for sharing.

WinterFrost commented on flicker


Very nice poem. (Not as in, a nice subject :)) I like how your start two lines are your last two lines bringing the start and end together. Good strong lines, I especially like the next to last stanza. Winter

optimistic commented on flicker


I to shine brightly in the dark and it seems there is no end to the sun when you are feeling like lifes end is about to meet. Good job

Poetry is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

tenderpoison’s Poems (116)

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la chanson de la petite mort 4
fallen 2
seasons 0
smoke 2
Thursdays Child 2
the edge 0
whispers 2
nothing left to say... 2
sense of season 2
suspension bridge 1
Legendary 1
Almost 3
compromise 1
the final line 1
weather report 6
lessons in loss 2
Walk Away 1
b*itch boots 5
fumbling, tumbling - falling down 6
metamorphosis mine 13
Secret Language 15
An Ode to StudlyVonFiel
the ties that bind 15
spitting in the wind 9
paradigm 8
talking in tongues 10
cloudy skies 12
really 15
well, I guess I know what it's not.... 13
heart of stars 17
The Longest Road 14
Legacy 6
Despair 7
Delusion 7
Inflammatory 8
survival of the fittest 20
ephemeral 13
the fall of the inconsequenti
Modern Love 24
apathy the enemy 9
Oceans 7
Consummation 11
"I don't love you" I said 20
narcissus speaks 13
destination 9
expectations 6
worlds collide 6
afternoon delight 7
my addiction 19
spilt milk 8
bay-area tourist beware 6
reciprocal 7
take the lead 11
losing what's precious 20
figment 5
bacchus unveiled 9
genuine 24
fool's gold 13
silence speaks 9
dark temptation 10
glass beach 9
mother love 12
sweet nothing 9
lighthouse 6
unbound 8
One Moment 5
Michael Jackson is Dead 4
parley 4
unmasked 4
stand 5
sage 9
Rising 8
the last word 6
prelude to bliss 2
unstained 4
insatiable 3
not pretty 8
surrender 4
forsaken 5
kudos 5
fine dining 3
Pieces 4
the tree 16
inches 9
priceless 8
25 years 7
only a dream 9
reborn 5
flicker 5
unruffled 4
taking the air 6
cymbol song 4
strike zone 6
nine days in turlock 9
through the pale 8
redemption song 3
Wise Men Know 8
not so ancient history 7
my forefathers? 2
American Memorial 2
bitter harvest 4
unconquered 52
what's in a name? 5
Flattery 5
me and a tube of crazy glue 6
eternal vows 2
Old Friend 5
directions to destiny 4
Illumination II (a rewrite) 7
Illumination 6
submission - things they don't teach girls 22
Echo 20
Bride 16
Undone 21