By Steve Cavin

A candle could

Be said to be

A bit of string and wax.

But a child will tell you

Straight away

It's light the candle lacks.

No one draws

A candlestick

Without a crown of flame.

And if it flickers

Or is blown out

The candle's not to blame.

Once lit it can't

Forever last

But slowly will melt down.

A candle that

Is never lit

Isn't worth the keeping 'round.

Don't you think

It passing strange

By nature's own decree?

A candle

Must consume itself,

To fully come to be.