"An Evening Market" by Petrus van Schendel‘Candle’ by C.M. Rivers The Society July 31, 2018 Beauty, Poetry 4 Comments Slender pillar burning bright, remarkably distinguished. I wish that you could stay the night but you must be extinguished. Your wick shall be collapsed between my thumb and foremost finger. Apologies for hours hence that you had thought to linger. Yet even as I snuff you out, fear not, dismantled flame – for night again shall doubtless come and day go whence it came. C.M. Rivers’ poems have appeared in Badlands, Spoon River, The Wayfarer, Soundings, and elsewhere in print and online. Nominated once for the Pushcart Prize, you can read more of his writing at cmrivers.com. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he currently lives in California. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 4 Responses Monty July 31, 2018 Without the title, C.M. (and maybe without the word ‘wick’); the above piece wouldn’t have looked incongruous in the current SCP Rhyming Riddle competition. Reply C.B. Anderson July 31, 2018 C.M., This is “slight” verse, no big deal. I’ve written much of it myself. Reply Mark Stone July 31, 2018 C.M. 1. The first line, of course, made me think of “Tyger Tyger, burning bright.” 2. I would make the rhyme scheme consist. To do this, here are two ideas for L7&8: I’m sorry for your hours unseen when you had hoped to linger. Regret I had to intervene when you had hoped to linger. And here is an idea for L11: “for night will come without a doubt” 3. I very much like this poem. Reply J. Simon Harris August 13, 2018 Simple and enjoyable. I have a book of lullabies that I often read to my son, and I think this would be a nice addition to it. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.