Ash Wednesday

candle 3

A single beat, a breath
since I held the unclothed
flame to the wick;

brief crackle of blue sulphur
before the waxy melt yielded
to cool, clear glass.

Standing by the stove,
you lit a cigarette,

as you removed the tiny
tealight and replaced it
with crumbling ash.

hundreds of miles away,
I flickered amid female faces,

circled by the tinkle
of long-stemmed
wine glasses,

washed in the amber
swirl of familiar laughter,
and no-one

lit a cigarette.

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