Candlemas

…and today, being February 2nd, is Candlemas, another ancient festival, which marks the mid-way point between the shortest day and the spring equinox.  Even now, in the Age of Rain, we can see how the days are drawing out.

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I found this beautiful candle poem, written by Iraqi poet, Saadi Youssef, and it made me wonder if you too would like to light a candle on this day.

Red Night

A candle in a long street
A candle in the sleep of houses
A candle for frightened shops
A candle for bakeries
A candle for a journalist trembling in an empty office
A candle for a fighter
A candle for a woman doctor over patients
A candle for the wounded
A candle for plain talk
A candle for the stairs
A candle for a hotel packed with refugees
A candle for a singer
A candle for broadcasters in their hideouts
A candle for a bottle of water
A candle for the air
A candle for two lovers in a naked flat
A candle for the falling sky
A candle for the beginning
A candle for the ending
A candle for the last communiqué
A candle for conscience
A candle in my hands

by Saadi Youssef

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About Rebecca Gethin

Rebecca Gethin is a poet and a novelist. Cinnamon Press published her third collection, All the Time in the World in 2017. Another pamphlet is forthcoming with Three Drops Press. Her second novel, What the horses heard, was published by Cinnamon Press in May 2014. Her second poetry collection - A Handful of Water - was published by Cinnamon in 2013. Her first - River is the Plural of Rain - was published by Oversteps Books in 2009. Her novel Liar Dice won the Cinnamon Press Novel Writing Award in 2010 and was published in 2011. She lives on Dartmoor and writes occasional pieces about wildlife and nature. Her poems appear in a variety of poetry magazines and in several anthologies.
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9 Responses to Candlemas

  1. roz bound says:

    Thank you for this Rebecca – I am taking the poem to our Imbolc celebration this afternoon – if the ice melts and the snow stops falling!!
    Hope all is well and you are not too waterlogged,
    Love Roz

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  2. E.E. Nobbs says:

    Thank you so much for the posts today and yesterday – you are helping us to be more aware and open our eyes to the light and celebrate this midway time. I like the poem you found. And yes, I’ll light a candle with supper tonight xx

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  4. AnnaB says:

    always wanted to know the celestial significance of imbolc. Thank you. like the poem too – candles hold strong images – hope in the darkness… Will be lighting ours tonight. The winter sun just going down shining through the odd gap in the stormy clouds. xx

  5. mavisgulliver says:

    Lovely piece, Becky. A favourite time for me is when the snowdrops come out. x

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