The Birthday Candle This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

     The clock ticks as the flame burns,
melting down that column of wax -
a friendly cylinder
that plunges colored drips to their death,
corrupting the placid smoothness of a frosted cake.
That little tower -
fresh, pink, and candy-striped -
revels in its power as the young pony-tailed girl
and the wobbly old man
fill their lungs with air
and whisper a wish into the wick.
She claps with joy -
she is sixteen,
that much closer to
womanhood, to freedom, to life.
He drops his head and sighs,
that much closer to
wheelchairs, to Velcro shoes, to death.
It is quiet now -
the only sound comes from the hiss of an extinguished charcoaled stem
and the ticking, probing clock.
They constantly compete
to see who can measure best;
the clock devours minutes
as the candle claims years.
But the birthday candles
are always victorious
for they have one

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Lily">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jan. 16 at 10:19 pm
i love this so much!
varialette said...
Sept. 2, 2014 at 10:55 am
Very nice poem. I loved the contrast you created.
Alice28 said...
Sept. 26, 2009 at 4:45 pm
wow...this is really good. keep writting.
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