for a moment of joy or moments no one pays for, i give myself a ‘jornal’. this makes me rich. try it.

candles (Sketchbook haiku thread editors’ choices)

There are many beautiful haiku in this thread revealing emotions, contrasting light with darkness, and other experiences which captivated their authors and which can provide us with a multitude of meanings and feelings. (Bernard Gieske guest editor and John Daleiden, editor, Sketchbook haiku thread)


vigil candles

the flicker

of mumbled prayers


the steady flames

of tea candles

my mother’s prayers


among mom’s


our baptismal candles


graveyard visits

same candle

one prayer



his hands so deft

on the lute


prayer candles

from the Virgin’s robe

the essence of roses

Sketchbook Nov-Dec 2011

February 18, 2012 - Posted by | haiku, poetry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Very lovely , all of them. I esp. like the first three.

    Comment by sanjuktaa | February 20, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks so much again, as always, Sanjukta!!! So glad and uplifted you love those. It was an easy prompt for me having grown up on candles in churches…

      Comment by alee9 | February 20, 2012 | Reply

  2. These are all good, and some very, very good. How well you did so many on candles. Best of this season to you. 🙂

    Comment by Yousei Hime | February 23, 2012 | Reply

    • Thank you for this wonderful comment, Yousei! I’m glad and very much encouraged that found them good. Thanks again for following this blog.

      Comment by alee9 | February 23, 2012 | Reply

  3. I love them all! 🙂

    Comment by Christine L. Villa | March 26, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks so much, again and again!

      Comment by alee9 | March 27, 2012 | Reply

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