Poetry Submission: candlelight


by Austin Campbell

I lit a candle for you:

almond sugar, it said on the label…

You bought it a couple years ago now –

when I practically dragged you

out of Walmart. You

smiled more than usual that day.

That smile

A bouquet of butterflies

under the Spanish sun

is of no comparison.

The wax melts

but I never want the smell to go away

the memories of us that day

two flames coalescing

to become a fire.

But the wax is gone.

I used to exude warmth

before the long winters

before I had to burn fiery hot…

and scorch everything in my path.