For the dVerse quadrille Monday prompt “I like candy“, a 44 word poem including the word candy:
There is an art to positioning the candles –
where they scatter their light from tinsel
and set baubles glinting,
where they stand straight when the candy-canes are stolen
and the branch-tips rise,
they will not set the star on fire.
20 responses to “decorating the tree”
It makes it more exciting for the kids. 😀
Hey Kate, I have got myself an editing gig! I was the only one who put up my hand for the position. It’s for the tri-annual magazine produced by the Women Writers’ Society of NSW.
Please thank D for his input. Since then I got a part time job (completely unrelated to editing) but I’m really excited about taking up this challenge.
That’s great! Congratulations! I hope you enjoy the job, and the editing. It sounds like more fun that what D has been doing lately – lots of depressing govt reports.
Who would do such a thing. Love the description of how the branches rise
🙂 It’s quite tricky getting the candles straight, and then they have to be adjusted again before being lit.
Yes, quite an art.
A fine art indeed Kate!
It’s more complicated in some ways than stringing lights. 😀
And to think that many years ago, Christmas trees were lit this way. A lovely poem with a surprising end line.
Ours still are. 🙂 I have refused all requests to change to electric lights. But I can’t imagine a large community or shopping centre tree being lit that way now. Too much of a fire hazard!
hahaha! Love it, Kate!
In fairness, the star has only caught fire once. Although smouldering tinsel is a regular part of the smell of Christmas. 😀
This could be a metaphor for disastrous past Christmases. Every year there is a new chance for, “positioning the candles –
where they scatter their light” instead of ending the holiday in an inferno.
😀 Yes! Especially as the candles are then used as an indicator of what the next year is going to be like. Not that, as a scientist, I believe in such things… although I was outraged the one year my husband blew out the candles.
I can see that this is an art… especially when using real candles.
Fairy lights may be pretty, but they lack the excitement of a naked flame 😀