Lighting the wicks and watching them burn, these candles brighten the shadows upon my face.
Allowing my mind to wander, to move past all my thoughts and I am at peace.
Listening to the music so it calms my nerves,
I close my eyes and see darkness.
I am the light within these lonely walls.
My heart is a fortress and my mind emits a small flicker of which becomes a beacon on the rough shores I sit upon.
The cold saltwater ebbs and flows as a slivered moon rises on the line.
There is no music now, just the silence of crashing waves and of my steady breath.
I stand and walk into the liquid blue, deeper and deeper I go.
The darkness overtakes the light, the water closing over my head.
Suddenly a wavering flame appears as I open my eyes and inhale the fragrant air.
I have returned and have cleared my mind of today's chaos and sadness.
Smiling I rise and lean down to blow out the candles.
My body relaxed and my heart quenched with the peace I've been needing.
© Paula Mull/rockymtnpoet