Humble Candle

My Candle

Today, I would like to share one of my most treasured poems as this had been written the night after our place had been devastated by a very strong typhoon, and a lonely candle survived the engulfing darkness. I was a third year college student then, and this poem was part of our requirements in our English subject.



Thou standeth aloft but perfectly humble


Bringeth light to illumine this boundless dark


To thee pleadeth I to perpetually show


Thy right way for this begging soul bestow.


Thou shed thy tears and precious sweat


Of sufferings that I may be brightened


For thou wanteth me not to pass that waypath


That’s crooked and abominable in thy sight.


Thou art a mark of unblemished lamb


Of heart which springeth about a sinking life


Thy glowing rays lifteth each agonizing soul


From the consuming hell of fire and balls.


A benison, yeah, thou art!


For mine adamant embraced me outright


Turnest was I to weakened limbs


And death creepest into mine tight’ning veins.


But thou mine candle to ever cherish


Mine rock of salvation and true peace


Now, set free and tears of fears


Erased and am too a candle of thy grace.


How much more thou ougth of thee?


For I’m a candle, a candle of thee.


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Comments 14 comments

cleaner3 4 years ago

very nice poetry.


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Thank you very much cleaner3 for dropping by and taking time to read my piece.


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Thank you very much cleaner3 for dropping by and taking time to read my piece.


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Beautiful poetry DON, this has a ton of heart and spirit within it. Voted up, beautiful, and awesome!


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Thank you very much OLDE CASHMERE for trying to visit my hub, read it, and leave a comment so encouraging that I have almost forgotten my first love for writing and poetry. Thank you, your comment enlivens my heart to do another bout with poetry.


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Arian Rey 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

Classic! Two thumbs up for you, Sir DON! Spread the light-a motto that I would like to live up with.

Thank you for sharing. :)


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Sunshine spreads its rays to everyone everywhere. Genuine light drowns even the deepest darkness. Happiness comes amidst sorrows and griefs. Peace permeates the heart of confidence and trust and faith. And gratitude springs while life is engulfed with tragic stories. Spread the light, and become better every moment of your life. Thank you very much Arian Rey.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

Beautiful poem! Voted up :) Now I'm curious what typhoon was it?! :)


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Precy Anza thank you very much. I can't remember what typhoon that was but am so happy that with it, I was able to craft this poem and here, share it with readers and writers like you.


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ignugent17 4 years ago

Don Balderas,

Candles are really useful and happy that in the midst of problems you were able to compose a beautiful poem. I do hope your teacher gave you a high grade. Voted up and more.


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Dear ignugent17,

I had no inkling of the grade I received from her, but what made me happy was when she told me to feature it in the literary page of our college publication. Thank you very much for taking time reading the humility of a candle and hoping to see the lasting influence of this poem and the candle in the lives of its readers and people. The candle is a symbol of sustained and perpetual humility.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I love your words referring to light as hope. Your writing reminds of the prose of the Elizabethian era. Great work.


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Thank you very much TEACHES12345 for the comment. I hope everybody stays in the light and delights in bringing light to everyone.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

The classical style gives a special feel to this piece!

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