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The Candle

Father sits in easy chair
Remembering the day
His little girl lay in that bed
Until she passed away

It's been a year and six months
Since he stood there by her side
Hand in hand he felt her life
Wane and then subside

With tears awash upon his cheeks
He couldn't turn away
He looked at her eternal sleep
Then bowed his head to pray

Lord, please take this angel on
And hold her in your arms
Let her know of all my love
And let her know no harm

Now it's been a year ago
Since that fateful day
The family made a vigil cake
One candle on display

She never got to live a life
That's how the memory goes
No memory in pictures
Just a single candles glow

Words were said around the cake
To honor her short life
Daddy mumbled something short
Then looked toward his wife

Tears were flowing in the room 
Nobody wanted this
It should be a day of fun 
A day of total bliss

But life has other plans for some
It's not what we expect
We just have to live with it
And give it some respect

That's why her daddy stood there
Just looking at the flame
To blow it out would mean the same
As doing it again 

Rockman  :-(

When I thought about writing this poem, I thought about what it would be like to blow out a candle that was lit in someones memory. It would be like extinguishing that life all over again.

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  1. Date: 8/22/2012 7:02:00 PM
    A beautiful analogy to extinguish the light, means so much as you compare it to a life especially the life of a child. I can't help think of all extinguished through abortions.

  1. Date: 8/2/2012 12:18:00 PM
    Hi Rockman having lost our grandson five years ago I can understand this verse so well, very good write, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 7/27/2012 5:14:00 AM
    intensely written Rockman with beauty and tragic imagery to express deep emotion.. loss of a loved one so dear is the ultimate experience of pain for the human heart to bare.. whether true or fiction speaks volumes as to the solitude of death.. best wishes if u entered the contest.. thankxx for your gracious words for my "tear" poem.. all true..

  1. Date: 7/26/2012 4:59:00 AM
    Wow what a beautiful poem, tears as I read Rockman, I have had to say goodbye to my little one very hard!! thank you for stopping by much love too you xx

  1. Date: 7/5/2012 12:05:00 AM
    Oh I'm glad this wasn't a personal experience. Yes I guess one oculd look at the candle that way. Something to think about. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 10:21:00 AM
    sad poem, i felt the emtions enter my body as i read through this. *smiles* ron

  1. Date: 5/24/2012 5:58:00 PM
    Hi Rockman, Yes, it would seem that way, wouldn't it. This poem was sad, and it was beautiful as are all your poems ...Samia

  1. Date: 5/16/2012 3:45:00 AM
    Yes, I am agree is like to blow out a candle. Touching, but lovely poem Rockman. - oxox hug Anne-Lise