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The candle and the flame

Painting by Preeti Shenoy. Acrylic on paper. size: 10"x7"



Come dance with me
Said the Candle to the flame
I so badly want to, but I can’t
And I am playing no game.

Why not, the candle wanted to know
Everybody should be able to dance if they wanted to.
Ah my friend, if only life was so simple
There are rules to be followed, through and through.

All you need is a bit of a will
A little imagination and lot of desire
I will make your wishes come true,
And you will fly, you will soar higher.

So the flame stepped out
Gingerly at first, not used to the candle
But oh he was such a gentleman
Her fears he knew how to handle.

She slowly let go
As he led her gently on
And as she learnt to trust
She found her fears were slowly gone.


And so they danced, a  dance of wild abandon,
Even the moonlight  seemed to fade
The whole night, ablaze with passion
They were inseparable and the flame now unafraid.

© 2012 Preeti Shenoy

For more poems click here. Some poems have already appeared in print. Kindly do not reproduce without permission.
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PS: I made the painting today and then wrote the poem, just now.

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Comments

  1. My oh my - oooooober loved it! And did you paint the painting too? It's awesome!

    I'm on vacation and was away from the internet for 4 days....came online, looked at my blog roll and decided to just read your post, and it refreshed me and made me so happy! Thank you!

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  2. Have been reading your posts for sometime! This one just blew me off. Too good!

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  3. A vibrant painting.... full of hope and love and fire.

    the poem too is so apt... lovely.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Anonymous8:43 AM

    You've gained one more ardent follower. :) I've been following you on Twitter for quite sometime, though I haven't made any communication yet. That was because, I wanted to read your books (esp: Tea for two and A piece of Cake) before talking to you about them, which I guess is not a bad thing :D Anyways, I'm a budding Blogger and an aspiring journalist, and you're an inspiration. Nice poetry that, alluding the flame and the candle to a courtship. Keep writing! :)

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  5. Aabha: thanks so much :) yeah, I was quite pleased with the painting too :)

    Rajesh: Very happy that my painting and poem moved you enough to leave me a comment. Thanks!!

    Shachi: yes! I painted it last evening. Acrylic on canvas. 10"x7" :)
    Thanks!

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  6. Freshwithalaugh: A lovely name you have there! :)Welcome to the blogosphere and the world of writing. Glad my painting and poem compelled you to connect. Hope you enjoyed the tea and cake ;-) Best wishes!

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    1. Anonymous8:58 AM

      Thank You! :D I have a couple of exams, which get over by 28th, after which I'm looking forward to pick up your books. :) Regarding which, can I get hard-copies anywhere around Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu? Online transaction is impossible for me cuz I'm under-age, and I'm w/o a Card. :|

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  7. oh my god.. looks so beautiful and awesome painting, lovely one.. hey preeti candle will shine for others with full brightness at last it ll suicide by own without knowingly gives pride to others in full darkness ;-)

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  8. Hey Ashwin, Thanks so much! :) Yes, but the candle and the flame will both die together. So it's okay :) They are still together! ;-) And what a life they lived while it lasted! :)

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  9. Rajshri: All the major bookstores have my books! If you want to order online and dont have a credit card its ok, you can pay cash on delivery! call or text: 0-9650-457-457

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  10. Hey really nice paiting!! And awesome poem..
    started to have ur tea and cake n it feels interesting.... had pre-ordered from flipkart..
    Candle sacrifices itself till the last to keep the flame lighting.. a symbol of truly deep love..

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  11. Super poem and Good work:)


    Regards
    sathya

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  12. Back in love with poetry after reading 'Candle and flame'. Liked the painting a lot too.

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  13. One word for these masterpieces - both of them.

    BRILLIANT !

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  14. Beautiful pic, Preeti :)

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  15. If I were to say that art and creativity is a tree, it would obviously mean that you're one golden leaf that tree has! I was frankly amazed and astounded to see this. I am well attracted by this art because of its shear profoundness and that it speaks a thousand words in itself! :D

    Not to mention that the poem was in resonance with the painting above, which also did surround me while I read. I am truly amazed how a simple blogger and a hardworking mom can generate these paragons expression. Glad to know you Preeti! :D

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  16. Rachit: ha ha..i am NOT a simple blogger/hardworking mom :) I am also an artist, author, poet, ex-basketball player, dobe-owner, nature lover :)(yeah so boastful, I know! tee hee :D)
    But many thanks for the gracious compliments. Much appreciate.

    Phatichar: Thank you!

    Life begins: Thanks!!

    Gino:Thanks a lot!

    Sathya: Thanks!

    Ajinkya: thanks a lot--ah but they both die together!

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  17. Rachit: ha ha..i am NOT a simple blogger/hardworking mom :) I am also an artist, author, poet, ex-basketball player, dobe-owner, nature lover :)(yeah so boastful, I know! tee hee :D)
    But many thanks for the gracious compliments. Much appreciate.

    Phatichar: Thank you!

    Life begins: Thanks!!

    Gino:Thanks a lot!

    Sathya: Thanks!

    Ajinkya: thanks a lot--ah but they both die together!

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  18. Anonymous8:28 PM

    Wow! It is such an amazing piece(s) of art. I did not know the best selling author is a painter too. Actually a "multifaceted" might be the apt word. I have read all your books and needless to say I love them.

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  19. Awesome poem Priti...really liked it...quite inspiring and yeah a lovely painting to compliment it...thanks for sharing :)

    Best regards,
    Aditya Pranav

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  20. hey preeti!!!

    painting is awesome!!!! simply superb.. no words to describe! n the poem .. very nice one n apt! :)

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  21. The pic still has 2011 copyright???

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  22. Preeti: yes they live together n die together!!

    Love is life © 2012 Ajinkya

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  23. Wordless. Really.

    This will sound out of character for the post, but you, woman, KICK ASS.

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  24. Oh MY God! Such a beautiful painting. I love the colors. Richness!! :-)

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  25. I wish you were a reader too. I want to make you read my posts!

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  26. Wow--beautiful poem and painting too :)

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  27. @horizon: Thanks a lot!!

    @Rachit: I try :) My mailbox is flooded with requests from people wanting me to read their work. To read it all would leave me with no time for myself. I did read and commented on most of your TFT posts, didnt I?

    @Sunaina: Thank you!! :)

    @sucheta: :-* <3 {HUG} :)

    @hunter: Thank you so much!! yeah, had forgotten to change the year. Will do!

    @aditya: thank you for commenting!

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  28. @subu14: Oh! I do portraits too. Check out my portraits in this link:

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.144520361212.124817.518321212&type=3

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  29. wowww :D its jus marvelous! u r so blessed to make such wonderful art:) i ve been following ur blog since last june... but have commented on very few posts!;) i just had to appreciate on this piece of art by u! nice work - i kno thats an understatement:P keep going :)

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  30. wow...beauteous

    d color comb. z jus wow.... :)

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