The Giving Candle

June 25, 2015

I've never been one to fit in easy

never stood out in a crowd

but when it came to someone needing help

I'm the first person people found


Am i being used?


To people, I am a candle

I'm no use till its hard to see

To people I'm a benefit

But I'm lonely with darkness swallowing me


Am i being used?


You see, I always give without thinking of

"will they pay me back?"

I always burn myself out

trying to help stop someones life from going totally black


when light comes back into their life

I'm the first they blow out


when I helped them see through the doubt


Am i being used?


I'm a person too

But to them I am a candle

I have feelings too

my feelings are just as difficult to handle


You light me up

when you have to see

you blow me out

when you don't need me


The giving candle

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Taylor_M. said...
May 25 at 3:32 pm
This was truly amazing! I love the way you described yourself as a candle and made it all fit together! A
Nated315This 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 8, 2016 at 10:48 am
this is sooooooo deep. you really gave me something to think about I'll never look at a candle the same ever again!
Ice4eeever said...
Jul. 10, 2015 at 12:05 pm
Though they light you up when they need help and blow you out when they don't, they will still remember that one time when the world is dark and that candle that helped them through.
alaina_h said...
Jul. 4, 2015 at 7:19 pm
Wow, I really like this, and I know exactly how you feel. You expressed the feelings of uselessness and loneliness that plague us all at times, and I think that can be hard to do. If I had to give some critique, I would say that you could work on your word choice in order to make this sound more colloquial.
Hanban12 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 29, 2015 at 5:28 pm
My absolute favorite lines in this poem: "You light me up/ when you have to see/ you blow me out/ when you don't need me." It just so powerful, and really echoes the theme of this piece. Awesome job! :)
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