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The Giving Candle

June 25, 2015
By Izzy777 SILVER, Tampa, Florida
Izzy777 SILVER, Tampa, Florida
9 articles 0 photos 63 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I always wonder why birds stay in one place when they can fly anywhere around the world. But then I ask myself the same question."

I've never been one to fit in easy

never stood out in a crowd

but when it came to someone needing help

I'm the first person people found


Am i being used?


To people, I am a candle

I'm no use till its hard to see

To people I'm a benefit

But I'm lonely with darkness swallowing me


Am i being used?


You see, I always give without thinking of

"will they pay me back?"

I always burn myself out

trying to help stop someones life from going totally black


when light comes back into their life

I'm the first they blow out


when I helped them see through the doubt


Am i being used?


I'm a person too

But to them I am a candle

I have feelings too

my feelings are just as difficult to handle


You light me up

when you have to see

you blow me out

when you don't need me


The giving candle

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This article has 5 comments.

Taylor_M. said...
on May. 25 2017 at 3:32 pm
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This was truly amazing! I love the way you described yourself as a candle and made it all fit together! A

on Apr. 8 2016 at 10:48 am
Nated315 DIAMOND, Georgetown, New York
92 articles 7 photos 105 comments

Favorite Quote:
Truth has many shades. It's not a matter of black and white, but many grays.

this is sooooooo deep. you really gave me something to think about I'll never look at a candle the same ever again!

on Jul. 10 2015 at 12:05 pm
Ice4eeever BRONZE, Parsippany, New Jersey
2 articles 15 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you try, you might not achieve. If you don't try, you will not achieve."
"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." ~ Walt Disney

Though they light you up when they need help and blow you out when they don't, they will still remember that one time when the world is dark and that candle that helped them through.

on Jul. 4 2015 at 7:19 pm
alaina_h BRONZE, Wilmington, Delaware
4 articles 3 photos 35 comments

Favorite Quote:
I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. -Audrey Hepburn

Wow, I really like this, and I know exactly how you feel. You expressed the feelings of uselessness and loneliness that plague us all at times, and I think that can be hard to do. If I had to give some critique, I would say that you could work on your word choice in order to make this sound more colloquial.

Hanban12 ELITE said...
on Jun. 29 2015 at 5:28 pm
Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
133 articles 7 photos 631 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
Henry David Thoreau

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once."
John Green

My absolute favorite lines in this poem: "You light me up/ when you have to see/ you blow me out/ when you don't need me." It just so powerful, and really echoes the theme of this piece. Awesome job! :)