My Candle in the Woods

Daniela Kwiatkowski, Meds 2016

from where did such a flame appear
that caught my eye and drew me near
a flame that dared to burn its light
within the woods, against the night
'til then I had thought myself blind
and to utter darkness been resigned
but with a timid, gentle glow
to me a world it did bestow
to this flame I gave no name
nor did I ask it to explain
the shadows cast by limb and leaves
were my misplaced faith and broken dreams
but for a while I could believe
in more than just the breath I breathed
I felt a tender warmth, though fleeting
it helped my lonely heart keep beating
but I knew the light would have to cease
turn inward and find release
so I placed its memory deep inside
then walked away and let it die