We were supposed to be a havdalah candle –

bodies twined together, melting into each other,

my wax kissing your cheek and

your wax kissing my cheek.

Our wicks dancing in the same flame – but –

like the end of an unsecured braid,

I feel our base unravel.

Β© 2021 Jewish Young Professional

The two white candles are Shabbat candles, lit to welcome Shabbat. The multi-strand blue and white candle is the Havdalah candle, lit to bring Shabbat to a close. Havdalah is Hebrew for “Separation”. Photo by cottonbro from Pexels


  1. This poem’s clear break in the middle is a very intelligent technique to further draw out its meaning, and relate to the imagery of the intertwined but never fully connecting strands of the blue and white candle. Thank you for sharing. 😊

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