A Prayer for Sheltering Light

tea candles

I want you to know

because maybe you don’t

Maybe they didn’t teach you

or maybe they taught you the opposite

In home

In prayer

In school

I know I wasn’t taught to even think of you

to surmise you

to know you have existed

That you exist

that you live

and love

and care

and breathe

But here it is

I have stopped imagining

simple as day

on this hollow and deathly night:

If they came for you


If they came for you

and yes they’re coming


I would not watch you burn

I would not take up the pitchfork of silent hallowed throwing flame


I would hold my candle to your candle

And I would make sure

with my life

That your life

and all the lives that flow through your life





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