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The Light
by Cortez B. Stokes

The light is out!
That bright light has burned out.
From a flickering light
it grew to a flame.
But, now the light is out.

Her struggle to hold onto a glimmer,
not for herself,
but so others could see
yielded to the fuel of time

and now the light is out.

It has died
after sharing with so many.
Yet, she maintained it
throughout many stormy days and nights.
But, now the light is out.

Her flame shrunk
to a flickering light
then to an ember,

before darkness covered her eyes
and now the light is out.

The cold gray ember
is the residue
from her flame;
surrounded now by ashes
and now the light is out.

The light is no more;
even though it showed the way
for so many.
Now, it burns in the memory
of those who saw it.

© Copyright 1996, Cortez B. Stokes. All Rights Reserved.

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