Extinguishing A Mood

Extinguishing A Mood

A Poem by Chris Shaw

Sometimes I burn a candle,
a saviour in a storm.
It dances in a pool of wax
to give my spirit warmth.

At times I play at teasing
to keep myself amused,
by breathing on its lucent flame,
I'm sure it feels confused.

Where do I want those shadows
to fall within the room?
Where do I want the brightened flame
to lift the late night gloom?

When all around is darkness,
the flicker of this friend,
eliminates the brooding thoughts
that randomly descend.

I praise the light you offer,
the solitude I choose,
but most of all I praise you for
extinguishing my blues.

© 2018 Chris Shaw


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This is another great favourite for me! Your words have for me, worked uniquely here, to personify the candle in such an amazing way that I identify with it like someone I love. Some people too, provide such solace, company, amusement, assurance and light. Kudos to you Chris!

Posted 2 Years Ago


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Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Thank you so much Dhara. Pleased this poem spoke to you. I appreciate your visits so much.
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Dhara_Ditzy Kat

2 Years Ago

It was a pleasure for me Chris!
Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Thank you Dhara :)



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A lovely lilting piece of calm in verse here Chris. I could imagine sitting at the kitchen table in the dark as dusk falls just mesmerised by the candle flame and the melting wax, one of those calm times even if feeling alone.

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Many thanks John. This one is an oldie out for a breath of fresh sir. Much like me :))
I have always had a thing for candles. They are such a perfect example of selflessness. I love the incandescent light that it gives. It's so peaceful and warm. You have described a very beautiful thing with greater beauty.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Fairy for giving this old poem an airing. I love candles too. They truly are a thing of be.. read more
A very cheerful little number. I really enjoyed the prose. Although I'm glad we've got electricity!!

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Thank you Augustus. I have to say I am thankful for electricity too, but there is nothing like candl.. read more
Such a lovely poem....the flickering of a flame in a dark room....brings images flowing to mind. Really liked and thanks for sharing

Posted 2 Years Ago


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Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Hello David. Hope all is well with you. Thank you so much for your lovely review.

Chr.. read more
Evokes a feeling of loneliness for sure. I can picture a room only lit by this candle. A big room with only one person in it. I liked the line "by breathing on its lucent flame, I'm sure it feels confused." Gave me flashbacks to when I was a kid blowing on a lit candle only so little that it wouldn't go out.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Hello Ryan, pleased to meet you on my page. Many thanks for your review. I appreciate and welcome yo.. read more
I sense nostalgia here Christine.. the sort I too have experitnced. thank you for sharing this lovely piece!

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Thank you for your lovely review kitty. Pleased you enjoyed my lines.

Chris
kitty

2 Years Ago

Anytme!This sit has much to offer. Lets hope we will be able to post continually.
It is wonderful when we find a light at the end of the tunnel even if it doesn't stay lit forever ...it's still a blessing :) Strength and love Chris for all your woes! Blessed be!

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

How thoughtful your response Queenie. Many blessings on you dear poet.

Chris
Amazing poem Chris loved the candle as a company, comforter and friend. Sadly sometimes that is the only companion for some people in this massive planet called earth. Tragic and true. Beautifully expressed. And thank you for sharing Chris.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Many thanks Dawn for your lovely uplifting review.

Chris
To extinguish a dark mood, one does not necessarily need a candle. A good friend can be the light we need to soothe the darkness. The personification of the candle in this one is brilliant, Christine. I liked it. Lydi**

Posted 2 Years Ago


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Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Thank you Lydi**for your thoughts. Very much appreciated.

Chris
I'm entranced watching the flickering flame of your candle. Being reminded that even though it may be a single candle it gives off a beautiful light.

Thank you - Dave

Posted 2 Years Ago


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Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Thank you Dave. I love a dancing candle. I find the flickering flames quite mesmerising.

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Albert, my paternal grandfather introduced me to Tennyson when I was nine. I have loved poetry ever since but did not attempt writing a single piece until I was 40. It's never too late to try somethin.. more..

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