The Persistent Flame

Even as the days grow shorter,
and our homes shrink smaller,
and our wicks burn lower,
and our will to endure flickers,

A lit candle in a jar, on the sill of an open window.

we light this chalice
to kindle a flame of warmth
as a reminder
of the connection that draws us in
to a community that opens us up

in gratitude
for the breath in our lungs
and the love in our hearts,
for the gift of this day,