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Candles – Alaina Conaway

Candles – Alaina Conaway

When I was young, I wasn’t allowed to light candles.

My father would warn me that the wax

would be too hot or the glowing flame

could burn my fingers; instead, he lit the wick.

In only a matter of seconds, it would begin to melt

and I’d sit mesmerized by the delicate drips.

As I grew in age, so did the length of the drips.

And with them, my connection to those candles

grew warmer, fonder, strong enough to melt

and mold others’ feelings made of wax;

This time I would try to light the wick.

Carefully and cautiously, I’d watch the budding flame.

Brighter, bolder, brasher grew my precious flame,

as did my protection, fearful that the drips

may extinguish the older, staler glowing wicks

of my more mature, independent candles

with their worn, dingy, lackluster wax;

I didn’t want to see them melt.

For some, it was fate to melt.

Over time, my fading attention killed their flame.

The fragile, broken and crusted wax

cooled by the chill of my neglect ceased to drip,

and slowly I lost some of my candles.

No longer viable, I’d swallow my hesitation and extinguish the wick.

Even so, others prevailed; hearty, stubborn wicks

continued to burn, desperate not to melt.

These are my most cherished candles,

reminding me the value of even the oldest, weakest flame

It doesn’t matter how long it can drip,

but the quality and integrity of the wax

The hue, shape, or scent of wax

matters not, for the strength lies in the wick.

Who do you think causes the drips?

Who controls the shape, the speed at which they melt,

revealing the central flame

of those long-lasting candles?

The wax will always melt;

the wick is left to carry the flame,

and all that remains are the drips in the shape of candles.

Author Bio: Alaina Conaway is a free-spirited, yet outspoken writer who finds solace in the deepest, most profound corners of the universe. Her focus falls on the less digestible, grittier subjects, occasionally turning towards life’s unyielding beauties. In her free time, Alaina can be found throwing pottery, making excellent coffee, and/or blasting music, belting along.

“Carmen’s Hearts” by Gretchen Miller

“Carmen’s Hearts” by Gretchen Miller

Author Bio: Gretchen Miller is a Therapeutic Art/Life Coach currently residing in Frederick MD.  Gretchen received her Bachelors (1993) and Masters (1995) of Fine Art from Rochester Institute of Technology.  Gretchen has worked in the Arts and Design Field her entire life. Before moving to MD she had a successful Art Studio in Boston MA specializing in the “Healing Arts for Women and Children”.  Her “Pandemic Mandala” work is in the proccess of being published by Amazon Publishing.

“Imagination Burn” by Leanne Fortney

“Imagination Burn” by Leanne Fortney

Author Bio: Leanne Fortney is a multifaceted artist whose artwork resonates from her soul and illustrates the journey of her life. She is primarily an autodidact artist who creates with a passion brought through her experiences. Her artworks are catalysis that illustrates the connectivity we have with each other through shared empathetic experiences, pain, love, and joy. Her careful consideration of medium, support, and sometimes site specifics are reflected in each piece allowing the entire artwork to encompass the entire story. Leanne’s artwork has been featured at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center, The Maryland Art Place, and The Athenaeum

“Isla de las Muñecas” by Sergio Ramirez

“Isla de las Muñecas” by Sergio Ramirez

Author Bio: Sergio Ramirez grew up on the central coast of California. It was in high school when he picked up a film camera to take photos of his friends skateboarding. Since that day photography has been a big part of his life. Throughout the years it has evolved from sports photography to landscape photography using multiple formats such as 35mm and medium format films to digital.

“Eagle Rock” by Sergio Ramirez

“Eagle Rock” by Sergio Ramirez

Author Bio: Sergio Ramirez grew up on the central coast of California. It was in high school when he picked up a film camera to take photos of his friends skateboarding. Since that day photography has been a big part of his life. Throughout the years it has evolved from sports photography to landscape photography using multiple formats such as 35mm and medium format films to digital.

“Moonstone Beach” by Sergio Ramirez

“Moonstone Beach” by Sergio Ramirez

Author Bio: Sergio Ramirez grew up on the central coast of California. It was in high school when he picked up a film camera to take photos of his friends skateboarding. Since that day photography has been a big part of his life. Throughout the years it has evolved from sports photography to landscape photography using multiple formats such as 35mm and medium format films to digital.

“Cambria” by Sergio Ramirez

“Cambria” by Sergio Ramirez

Author Bio: Sergio Ramirez grew up on the central coast of California. It was in high school when he picked up a film camera to take photos of his friends skateboarding. Since that day photography has been a big part of his life. Throughout the years it has evolved from sports photography to landscape photography using multiple formats such as 35mm and medium format films to digital.