Lightening the Load

My great-grandfather set trees on fire.

(Sometimes literally out in the forest and sometimes metaphorically with candles and beads and handcarved ornaments)

Dark in the winter and people’s heads sometimes darker than the outside world.

What pictures I’ve seen were full of candles and fire and light in every corner that could spare a glow.

A poor reflection of the absent sun but a faithful reflection of the stubborn hearts of those that would-

Face down the darkness, candle-fierce.

IMG_1272We’ve always valued the lights in the darkness.

The best way to deal with the darkness is to set it on fire.

For more fires, darkness, and lights, my fantasy novel, The Guests of Honor, is available here. Its sequel, With Honor Intact, can be found here.

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