"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. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 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 ReplyYour 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.