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Electric Christmas Candles

Electric Christmas Candles

 

At some point there must have been one
too many housefires around Christmastime


maybe the tree went up in flames or maybe
they left a candle burning on the windowsill


then there were sirens seething through

the carols and ashes blowing over the snow

 

so someone invented the electric candle

marketing it as safer around children 


safer around eggnog but they were made

to resemble real candles down to the flame

 

-shaped bulbs that curved as if upon a wick

in a draft while the candlesticks were made

 

to look as if they were made of actual wax

right down to the dripping drops so that

 

it was as if they were always burning

even in summer when they were shut

 

away in a drawer that smelled of pinesap

wrapped up in their cords and the little glass

 

bulbs like a memory of flames like flames

you could have sworn you blew out

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