Persistent Flame

Amy Brooks

Even as the days grow shorter,
and our homes shrink smaller,
and our wicks burn lower,
and our will to endure flickers,

we light this chalice
to kindle a flame of warmth
as a reminder
of the connection that draws us in
to a community that opens us up

in gratitude
for the breath in our lungs
and the love in our hearts,
for the gift of this day,

A lit candle in a jar, on the sill of an open window.