Yortzeit

I light the candle –
I say the ancient prayer –
watching the flame, flickering
transfixed –
a torch? … Yes!
still carrying the torch –
ah, solace,
perchance?

 

Yortzeit is a Yiddish word (various spellings; rhymes with court site) for the anniversary of the death of a loved one.
It is customary to light a memorial candle and recite the Kaddish, the prayer for the dead.
This poem is in memory of my late wife.

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david r. topper
David R. Topper is a published writer living in Winnipeg, Canada who derives pleasure and satisfaction from writing, as well as sharing his writings with family & friends – and others, if they want to read his work. His work has appeared in MonoPoetic SunDiscretionary Love, Academy of the Heart & Mind and elsewhere. Synchronized Chaos Magazine nominated one of his poems for the Sundress Publications' 2023 Best of the Net.

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