Leaving a Candle in the Window

It gives me comfort
to know many of the people

who deeply needed to read
what Thoreau had to say

we’re not born when he wrote down his thoughts–and he knew it.

So made a handcrafted wooden box
for his journals–of one million words!–
and left them with a friend.

When someone asked him before he passed if he was right with Jesus,
he replied a snowstorm meant more to him than Jesus.

Indeed, his last words were “moose” and “Indian.”

2 responses to “Leaving a Candle in the Window

  1. The handcrafted wooden box gives me great comfort too, and the snowstorm. Lovely poem.


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