Shabbat Candles by Sue Stern

If you were with me now

watching me light the candles,

I’d give you a candle to hold

and close your hand in mine,

steering your arm

towards the candlestick,

making it safe.


And you would laugh,

arching your back,

showing your teeth in delight,

and thinking this was

a birthday party for you.


‘Shabbat Candles’ published: Jewish Renaissance 2003