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April 14, 2024


if I had a candle 

on this gloomy, moody night 

to put in the window

always thought it looked cool on cold nights

a signal to the wandering traveler

to see a lonely candle in a window burning away

on one of my sojourns in the evening 

in the rain, in the snow, I don’t care

on one night per year (I don’t remember which one) maybe November 1

you’re supposed to put a burning candle in each window 

to commemorate the dead of the family 

sounds cooly anotherworldly

turn off all the lights and bask in the glow of candlelight 

frightening the neighbors at the sight

must be some kind of devil worship thing going on

at the house of Alexander they would think

and I would let them think that

so that they keep their distance