Saturday, December 14, 2013

Light the candles

Grace @ Everyday Amazing


Amidst darkening sky 
Cold wind cracks a whip
Rousing black birds to flee
Fluted ash, billowing wings- 
Arc of silver from street lights 

~0~0~

Snow dust spinning threads
white on white, soft as feathers-
inside, we wax stories:  old, new
beside brick chimney
  fire settles in our bellies   
                                        
~0~0~

Early morning mass
I listen to choir in red bows  
Incense fills the air      
Your words are my candle
Banishing winter darkness 



Posted for D'verse Poets Pub - Poetics hosted by Mary ~  We are having a snowy day ~
Wishing you all Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays ~  Cheers ~

48 comments:

  1. great last 2 lines...the words being the candles that push back the dark...
    i love how streetlights play in the snow as well...we are getting sleet
    and freezing rain today...not as pretty...smiles.

    merry christmas grace

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    1. Its been snowing here, non stop as well Brian ~ Merry Christmas to you & your family ~

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  2. I enjoyed the idea of 'waxing stories,' Grace. A perfect complement to candle wax. And yes, words can definitely be candles to brighten a cold winter day. Nicely penned, Grace.

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    1. Stories are warming our bellies these cold days Mary ~ Thanks for the lovely prompt ~

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  3. the words being the lights banishing the darkness...love this.. and the early morning mass, listening to the choir is very cool as well... we sometimes go to the midnite mass on christmas...that is magical

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    1. We go to mass, the eve of Christmas, that is our tradition ~

      But Sunday, it is morning that we go ~ Thanks Claudia ~

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  4. This sounds like a great blissful Christmas.. the waxing stories to the snow silence outside... very nice.. a Christmas I would enjoy.

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    1. Thanks Bjorn ~ Great to do when you are snow bound inside the house, smiles ~

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  5. Words being the candles banishing darkness... wonderful. Very picturesque and festive writing. :-)
    -HA

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  6. A very vivid set of poems Grace. I particularly liked the last one. >KB

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  7. Loved the close. I can smell the incense and hear the words. Peace to you.

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  8. wonderful Christmas poem... it has all the elements that are important....

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    1. Thank you Robert ~ Hope you are keeping warm ~

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  9. I was moved by the rhythm, the motion of lines /rousing black birds to flee/fluting ash/billowing wings/
    & reminded that as we move through Advent, & the Yuletide hovers, each of us will find that tea & candle flame moment when we notice the ash bunnies stirred up by chimney wind, spider webs on bird houses, ice-cycles hanging from outside Christmas lights; very nice mood piece here, Grace; thanks.

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    1. I was moved by that swarming of black birds as we made our road turn towards the house ~ I told myself, I should capture that ~ Thanks for all the power tweeting and poetic comments Glenn ~

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  10. It's snowing here and your words are the candle. I am very happy for some familiar and new Grace magic today!

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  11. Words lighting the way and waxing stories can be fun too. Can't you keep the snow? We get that tomorrow haha

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    1. Nope, you are very welcome to it, smiles ~

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  12. I enjoyed the warm contrasting closing stanza and the idea that words can be candles!

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  13. Cold Cracking Whips, Spinning threads of snow...warming incense....what beautiful, enticing imagery :)

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  14. Glorious, Grace, and your closing lines are perfection! Happy holidays, kiddo!

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  15. love this Grace and love when is snowing, here is hot:( but anyway I dressed the house wih Christmas, xx

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  16. Your words are my candle
    Banishing winter darkness

    Glorious and encouraging words can go a long way in giving that freshness to offset gloomy winter. Truly said Grace! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too!

    Hank

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  17. I like the stories old and new.....and see several references to light...very pretty

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  18. So beautifully vivid, Grace. I especially like the second one. Happy Holidays.

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  19. loved the threads of snow and words being a candle

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  20. Your words are my candles
    banishing winter darkness.
    Yes they are

    Deo Gloriam

    Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year




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  21. Love your festive photo, waxing stories, and choir in red bows...celebrate!

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  22. love love love - that's all I'm going to say - wishing you a Merry Christmas to you and yours Grace.

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  23. Your name and the name of your blog fit perfectly with this lovely poem- an amazing scene of grace.

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  24. your words are my candle.....I feel this so deeply Grace.
    Joyful holidays for you and yours!

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  25. A lovely trio of tankas. I especially like the last one ... let words shine in the darkness ... beautiful. Merry Christmas, Grace :)

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  26. I love the images in your poem and the final 2 lines are superb...and "fire settles in our bellies" wonderful.

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  27. wonderfully caught moments, my favourite is the second one. very warm.

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  28. Lovely thoughts..especially enjoyed the images in the first one..

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  29. I loved the nature images you painted, especially in the first two stanzas.Beautiful response to the prompt.

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  30. You do capture the mood of wintertime and Christmas in these tanka. Lovely imagery!

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  31. So much to take from here. The day, unfolding, the events and the reflection! Merry Christmas and happy new year

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  32. This is a lovely poem Grace, i so relate to the Christmas mass, though in my country the sun comes up very early during our hot summer months.

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  33. Nice images, short and powerful! x

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  34. pure, pristine and arousing magic for my mind's eye~ BEAUTIFUL ! Faithfully Debbie

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  35. Very nice, so tactile, if I were to catch the first Christmas snowflake on my tongue, it would taste like this reads.

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  36. vivid, and sharp as a candle casting light against the dark. happy weekend, Grace ~

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