Survival

The candle flame twirls and leaps,
Bends and shifts-shape
Fluid, tender, open, alive
The shadow on the wall
Moves with the tiny flame
Watching, inquisitive
But never touching
Its shadow to touch
The flames shadow
The flame is rushing
Rushing with her bag’s always packed
Rushing like water down a drain pipe
The black travel cases open
On her dresser
Open with their hungry mouths
The passport tags
Red and yellow
Still not removed
The shadow hides another shadow
As doors hide other doors
As houses, streets, locations
Hide other houses, streets, locations
The shadow draws a map on the wall
So the naked flame knows
Where to dance.

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“To bread I do not ask to teach me
but only not to lack during every day of life.
I don’t know anything about light, from where
it comes nor where it goes,
I only want the light to light up,
I do not ask to the night
explanations,
I wait for it and it envelops me,
And so you, bread and light
And shadow are”

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  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellover 5 years ago

    Incredibly moving…..I sighed deeply and shed a tear….

    Thank goodness for the shadow.

    Beautiful written, Red…x

  • thank you.

    – BiographyofRed8

  • Hathor
    Hathorover 5 years ago

    This is awesome. This is how i feel right now…moving moving. beautiful, love, K :)

  • butchart
    butchartover 5 years ago

    soft and subtle nuances make this such beautiful writing…. just like that candle flame………… wonderful work red……. good to see your talent again……….b

  • thank you so much.. thank you all for the comments

    – BiographyofRed8

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 5 years ago

    I felt a real restlessness and the moving was only one of the symptoms of this and the strongest desire to burn brightly for one. I am feeling less of this these days…..but I sure remember this. Such a intelligent urgent eloquent verse…XX

  • linaji
    linajiover 5 years ago

    hi Red.. your work sometimes feel just like this piece.. almost a description of some of my fav pieces.. xoxo

  • thank you

    – BiographyofRed8

  • ricardo perez jr
    ricardo perez jrover 5 years ago

    love it

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