After Marge Piercy’s Season of Skinny Candles

The glow goes out —
a signal of common

Only in that cloister
where I grew up

You could walk the wide streets
flicker of candlelight in each window

On all other nights —
the blue flicker that owns our time

There was always one candle
fast diminished by flame

Its neighbor leaning too close
eating right to the core

Mark Danowsky is a writer from Philadelphia and author of the poetry collection As Falls Trees (NightBallet Press, 2018). His poems have appeared in About Place Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Kestrel, The Healing Muse, Right Hand Pointing, Shot Glass Journal, Subprimal Poetry Art/Music, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere. He is Managing Editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal and Co-Founder of Wood & Water Press.

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