Whisper of Light

He snapped alive with a sulfurous urging in his hallowed place, reflecting then on those around him.  He pondered, considered, and postulated about what they and he might be.  “What am I that, or who, is able to exist only softly, attached for life to my waxen, wick-ed anchor, knowing only what…I don’t know.  Of what am I comprised?  What constituent parts have been arrested to make my whole?  What molecules render me soft enough to flee like a thought in a slight breeze?  What have I to do, but to live and reflect?  Who is to know?  Who.  In a dark room, were I to be placed upon a post to shine from its center, would I be as bright as if I were placed next to a mirror at the side of the room, with only half of my light being real and shining as from my soul?  Is that solitary, yellow dart of my being enough to light in half, though reflected, as though from that post in the middle of the otherwise dark room?  What design orders this?  Why do I live only anchored here and not aloft in the sky?  Why do those around draw away from me as if in fear of harm?  I am a solitary, gilded whisper of light, shining upon those from whom I am ordered, without will, or otherwise.  My stepward cousins and unrelative conflagrations burn with an unintelligible force, magnified and multiplied beyond reason, my small frame.  What soft caress would touch my delicate skin?  What gentle lace would adorn me?  In the place of never-thought would it live beyond my kiss.  It is unknown.  For it is, and not being.  If a scientist were to analyze my being, would he find only the mist of paraffin, or the shadowing remnants of tallow, rendered from the fatted calf?  What am I?  And why does my touch bite?  I cannot win friends; I cannot feel the embrace of another.  If I am drawn nigh unto my own kind I am lost and shall never be regained unto myself.  Am lost.”

10 responses

  1. Nathan

    I’m going to assume that you’ve just personified the flame of a candle who is assessing his short lived life. Is that the case? Where do these thoughts come from? It takes quite a mind to think that through, and I rather enjoyed it 🙂

    September 9, 2009 at 10:17 am

    • seekraz

      Yes, the candle flame was personified and is/was assessing his short life. This particular set of thoughts came from wondering at the physical properties of flame. I know that the wax or parafin disappears as a candle burns-down, but where does it actually go? Its contents are transformed through the combustion process of the flame and go out into the air, but what about the flame? How would we actually analyze the flame itself? How could we even arrest it for the analysis? I’m sure greater minds than mine have done so or know how to do so, but that’s what struck me about the candle flame. What exactly is the flame? And then, yes, in the personification, what must it be like to be a single sliver of light that can’t get close to anything without either destroying it or losing itself in that other thing…anyway, that’s what I was thinking. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

      September 9, 2009 at 10:27 am

  2. Nathan

    It is without a doubt a very perplexing thought, and I’m not sure what the answer is. One might say that the flame of a candle deserves no second thought, but as you describe here, there is a lot more to it. Something so fragile, yet it holds the potential to wreak havoc and destroy some of our most precious articles. So small, yet so capable of expansion in no finite terms. Very interesting indeed 🙂

    September 9, 2009 at 10:49 am

    • seekraz

      Wow…I like that, so fragile and wrought with potential for destruction…and capable of expansion in no finite terms. Maybe you should start writing. 🙂

      September 9, 2009 at 11:10 am

  3. ByronHJ

    How thought provoking! I find myself pondering the varied human concepts of deity. What would a cognizant being, living as a flame, or a fire, be like. What if they had the ability, as we do, to work to procure a desire. Especially if the being knew that making contact with anyone would either destroy, or alternatively, consume that person. Would they beneficently bow out of contact, or push themselves into into the existence of others, possibly to pursue some personal benefit.

    Thanks for sharing with us!

    September 9, 2009 at 11:57 am

    • seekraz

      You’ve gone deeper still, my friend, with provoking thoughts of your own! Incredible. Your ideas could either spawn another superhero film with DC or Marvel Comics or be added to the pantheon of our known gods…. I especially like your final question, would that person/god bow out or push themselves into the existence of others. Excellent…thank you, Byron.

      September 9, 2009 at 12:35 pm

  4. Nathan

    It’s nice to see that your thoughts can “ignite” such conversation. It will be interesting to see what this turns into when others start to read and comment. I’m eager to read the post for tomorrow.

    September 9, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    • seekraz

      I enjoy the pun and hope the posts continue to ignite conversation. As with you and Byron so far, you have added some very thought provoking comments of your own, so it is rewarding, and maybe even a little validating, to see such a response. I hope others leave a response, too, sharing their own thoughts. Thanks again, Nate. 🙂

      September 9, 2009 at 3:17 pm

  5. me

    when did nathan become such an intellectual? i can’t tell your writing apart!

    September 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    • seekraz

      It’s a wonderful read…inspiring, compelling.

      September 10, 2009 at 1:17 pm

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