Candles have the power to light up our lives. Candles oftentimes have special meaning for people; and many people find significance in burning candles for different occasions in their lives....some happy occasions, some sad occasions. There is something very hypnotic about sitting and watching a candle flame, I think. They are often used at baptisms of children, Hanukkah, Advent, on birthday cakes, at formal dinners at home or in restaurants, times of meditation, funerals, and so on.
Many people place special significance on the color of candles. For example:
White candles symbolize Purity, Truth, Spiritual Strength, Power & Innocence.
Red candles symbolize Passion, Health, & Energy.
Light blue candles symbolize Tranquility, Coolness, Calmness, Clarity of Thought and Perception.
If you Google candle colors you can find more colors and what they symbolize.
I have always liked Elton John's song "Candle in the Wind." Here is a You Tube video for those who are not familiar with it. Here Elton John sings his song at Lady Diana's funeral in 1997.
I love the words from the song:
"And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind...."
Here are a few candle quotes I really like:
Eleanor Roosevelt: "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."
Georg C. Lichtenburg: "Man loves company, even if it is only that of a small burning candle."
Edith Wharton: "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
Anne Frank: “Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”
The topic this week is, as you see, is CANDLES. Watch a candle burn, and allow your mind to wander with the flame. How do you use them? Do they have any special meaning to you? Write about a time when you used candles. Or write to the Elton John song "Candles in the Wind." Or let one of the quotations inspire you. Or.......................
I will look forward to reading what you write. Be sure to link your poem back to Poetry Jam and also to visit the poems of others who post! Leave a comment below as well.