A million candles shine tonight
it might have been a million and one.
It should have been.
Somewhere others light more candles.
Somewhere people don’t notice this light has gone out.
Somewhere candles burn until they’re done
and don’t go out before.
But not here.
Here a million candles seem too dim
in the absence of one.
Here a million candles seem to few
once the day is done.
Here every candles waits and wonders
who might be next
And not a one of a million candles
can find any rest.
Out, out brief candle
who burn too short a time.
You leave behind gaps in souls
who never saw you shine.

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