Candlelight Vigil 2013


Written after the Candlelight Vigil, October 20, 2013, Big Spring Park, Huntsville, AL, held in memory of those who have taken their own lives because of bullying.

Reflections glimmer on the pond
Sunset gilds the water
Sparkling treasure seals the bond
Between the earth and sky.
Your bonds, though — they did not hold.
They loosed and let you fall,
Left your sweet story yet untold
Like leaves to float away
You were here and now you’re gone
We cannot bring you back.
Yet you’re there, shining on the pond
Reflections of the sun,
You shimmer now, a fairy light
Across the water, gliss.
Memories like little stones
Splash drops upon my face
And sing of loss in muted tones.
The ripples shift the light.
The anger rises once again.
The pattern has been changed.
My thoughts remain within my pen
They ripple, run away
Like you, they leave me all alone
And yet — the sunset shines
Despite intruding memory stones.
You remain, unseen,
Rippling everything I do.
Are you the sunset
Beyond my touch, within my view?
I see — epiphany:
The ripples give reflection form.
They are the soul of it
And there within life’s threatening storm
You — the eye — rest in peace.

[photo credit unknown. Information sought.]

One thought on “Candlelight Vigil 2013

  1. The words of your soul drip forth from your pen, and to call it beautiful would be doing you a disservice, because both – your soul and your words – are far more than that word describes. You write with the evocative wonder of a perfect haiku, without the constraints of that type of poetry. A gorgeous tribute.


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