I had hoped to be a bonfire

A great light upon the night

A heat that burns away the wrong

And leaves behind all that’s right


A living flame that is noticed

For its strength and growing size

A welcome to the traveler

And a fair warning to the wise


With all that I could muster

My flint struck against the steel

And no matter my good wishes

Only the smallest of sparks revealed


Just enough for a single flame

That flickers without a sound

A smallish light that leaves behind

A great darkness all around


But if we work together

All the candles gathered near

We can light the entire world

For we become the chandelier


27 Responses to “Chandelier”
  1. Asha Seth says:

    A stunning reminder on the power of unity and devotion. Great motivational piece, Brad.

  2. Something I quite agree with! Well done my friend!

  3. Athira says:

    Well written Brad

  4. beth says:

    such a powerful wish for the world, there is so much strength and light in the collective

  5. Jim Borden says:

    wonderful imagery… it only takes a spark to get a fire going

  6. I believe that the majority of the humans on this earth all want what that bonfire can provide. I also believe that most of us, no matter how desperately we want it, are either unable or unwilling to start the smallest flame and hope others will join.

  7. petespringerauthor says:

    The sum of the parts is always more than any individual, and there’s more buy-in from others when they’re involved.

  8. And yet you are a living flame that is noticed!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately i feel we all work together less than ever before.
    Our chandeliers have become much smaller and personal rather than for the world. SAD

  10. kristianw84 says:

    Love, love, love this! Another poem the entire world needs to read!

  11. jonicaggiano says:

    So beautifully written and so true dear Brad. Wouldn’t that be such a splendid gift indeed. Big hugs my friend. Love Jonikins ❤️

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