⋅✧⋅ ζ ⋅✧⋅ candle dancing { rewritten }

First Fig

My candle burns at both ends;

It will not last the night;

But ah,  my foes,  and oh,  my friends—

It gives a lovely light!

Edna  St.  Vincent  Millay

ζ

they  whirl  on  toes
with  heads  thrown  back
as  though  entranced

weaving  through  the  candles
without  looking  where  they  step
if  they get  burned
we who watch do not know

what  magic  do  they  have
that  allows  them
to  dance  wildly
among  the  flames?

i  wish  to  be  a  candle  dancer
to  lose  myself  so  completely
that  even  fire
cannot  consume  me

⋅✧⋅ ζ ⋅✧⋅

✧⋅ ζ ⋅✧

⋅⋅ ζ ⋅⋅

ζ


“Burn My Candle (At Both Ends)”   Shirley Bassey

“First Fig”  is my favorite poem of  all time,  though i must say i don’t understand the title.  {smile}

artwork ~   “Candle Dancers”   Emil Nolde
{ fair use }

this is my submission to ~

Candles    at   POETRY JAM
prompt:  Candle

thank you,  Mary!

i am also participating in ~

NaBloPoMoSoup

i apologize to anyone who’s comments were lost when i re-wrote this poem.

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10 Comments

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10 responses to “⋅✧⋅ ζ ⋅✧⋅ candle dancing { rewritten }

  1. I do think that dancing between flames would be exciting as well as dangerous….as well as definitely a way that one could lose oneself, but it would take skill certainly to avoid getting burnt. Nice poem, Dani.

  2. Nothing could stop you, Poet Sis. And if you get in a jam, why, certainly a magical dolphin would appear to carry you to safety! ;-)

  3. peggygoetz

    I like this version too Dani. It would be lovely to be so absorbed that even flame could not consume us. The ultimate strength perhaps.

  4. ha this is enchanting, where even the flames can not harm me…its easy for me to see them dancing in the flames….

    • aw! thank you, Brian! you really are too kind. i hope you’re feeling much better by now and that you have a good week! {isn’t that a fabulous painting?}

  5. would love to dance with such abandon! great poems!

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