Another Chanukah has come to a close – an 8 day festival of purification and miraculous light and before the last of the beeswax melted, I captured these. We are so used to electric bulb but this softer glow was what once lit all our darknesses.

“Even this late it happens: the coming of love, the coming of light.”
“You wake and the candles are lit as if by themselves,”
“stars gather, dreams pour into your pillows, sending up warm bouquets of air.”
“Even this late the bones of the body shine”
“and tomorrow’s dust flares into breath.” ~ “The Coming of Light” ~ Mark Strand

12 thoughts on “Candlelight

  1. Lovely. But having endured a recent 14 hour power cut I can tell you that it’s not easy to read by candlelight alone!

    1. Victorians and their predecessors did everything by candlelight including reading and writing great novels – I guess a roaring fire also helped light the room. Personally I read less and less in the evening and night but listen to audio books etc which would suit candlelight
      p.s. Hope you have power restored now – many thousands In North East still without it

      1. The Victorians were a hardy lot! I guess they also had oil and later gas lamps too. We are thinking that having a camping gas stove and gas lamp might not be a bad idea!

          1. Yes, you don’t realise how dependent you are on electricity until you don’t have it, although we have oil for the central heating it needs electricity for the boiler to work. Luckily we have a wood burner for some warmth!

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