Whispering Candles

A big part of the enjoyment of the National/Global Poetry Writing Month challenge in April is to be exposed to new forms of poetry and encouraged to step outside of writing comfort zones. That inspiration and challenge is continued throughout the year at the excellent dVerse Poets Pub.

dVerse is currently inviting writers to attempt ‘The Etheree’ – developed by Arkansas poet, Etheree Taylor Armstrong in the late 20th Century. An Etheree, based on syllables or words, is a geometric form, ascending from one to ten or inverted from ten to one. You can build as many sequences as you like, reversing the syllable/word count from ten to one (or not).

So, here is my attempt:

look for
the bonfire,
miss the candle;
listen for the shout,
And yet miss the whisper.
It is in burnished candles
That God comes, through quiet promise
He bids us, “When you doubt, look around;
For I am closer than you ever think.”

inspired by Max Lucado, and a quote from his book In the Eye of the Storm: A Day in the Life of Jesus


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