"The Candle Tradition" - Lauren Hodkiewicz


The children line
up
for candle day.
Each
carries
their own waxy
ball,
stringy wicks.

The Brave
wait first.

Mayor Noname
cuts the ceremoni-
al ribbon.

The Rebels
light it
to flames.

Abomination;
the city
is no longer
a city
is no longer
connected
is no longer
safe.

Windows lined
out of respect –
dotted rows of hope.