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Wax and Ink

Staying near to light my way
     now that there is no more day
You're needed to so brightly burn
     before to black ashes you return
Flames dance high upon your wick
     and fall across the well-worn brick
Like those flames once in the hearth
     when you go out there is no rebirth
My mind alight with persistent thought
     beaming from an inspiration caught
In ink my quill takes another dip
     my eyes watch your melting wax drip
Furiously now my script does flow
     to finish the lines before out you go
I can do no more, there is no time
     my slowing pen can no longer rhyme
The ink still wet, not even dry
     as your glow continues to die
Words on the page begin to fade
     while creeping darkness starts to shade
Wax and ink overtaken by night
     and devours all your candle's light.

Copyright © Kelly Deschler | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 7/29/2016 11:11:00 AM

    I also enjoy writing by candlelight, usually with a quill; somehow it takes me back in time and enhances my creativity. This is wonderful.
  1. Date: 7/27/2016 9:46:00 PM

    So many nights are blessed by candles tears ;lovely you sweet romantic.
  1. Date: 7/25/2016 12:55:00 PM

    Great penning Kelly , nice rhyme and flow too. Trust life's good with you, blessings, Gordon
  1. Date: 7/18/2016 8:25:00 AM

    Very well penned, Kelly. Wonderful flow and rhyme. T.J
  1. Date: 7/13/2016 7:25:00 PM

    Really enjoyed this poem. A little journey through through the life of a candle. What is interesting is that the poet needs the candle in this piece as well as the candle needed the poet. However short there time was together, they both accomplished a fine piece of work. Outstanding Interesting last line.
  1. Date: 7/13/2016 2:09:00 PM

    Liked it! but cut out the "and" on the last line. Did you know that Walt Whitman was not fond of Poe's "lurid dreams" - and that Emily Dickinson considered Whitman to be in bad taste! If you feel like it check out my nephew's bands "Sirs and Madams" and "The Mad Doctors" - they are both on the "net". Peace & Love Matthew Anish
  1. Date: 7/11/2016 8:00:00 PM

    Really cool portrait you paint of a writer working at night by candle light. How many of the greats of old probably did just that!
  1. Date: 7/11/2016 2:02:00 PM

    Some awesome lines in this, a great poem that flows and rhymes well...