Meditation On A Candle Flame

This quote at "The Old Grey Poet" got me to thinking:

December 24, 2004

"Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other."- Carl Jungó

The flame is in the candle,
and the flame is in me.
Candle flame like a tree,
wick for a trunk.
The flame is in the candle,
and the flame is in me.

The flame also like a tender bud,  
aching with sweet heat.
The flame is in the candle,
and the flame is in me.

And then with a blink,
it becomes again a burning bush.
The flame is in the candle,
and the flame is in me.

Am I the flame of love,
and shadow of the power,
or am I the flame of power,
and love in the shadow?

Does it flicker back and forth,
with a breeze of my breath?
I am a flexible tree.
Yes, deeply rooted,
but that is not all I am,
for I am also the changing wind.
I am so many things.
The flame is in the candle,
and the flame is in me.

JAL, 12-13-04
revised 12-24-04

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