Before: A Thought For the Last Day of Chanukah
Updated: Dec 7, 2021
the candles drip down
and are gone.
the message of hope
into the curling smoke of those candles.
the frying pans return to the cabinets.
the oil of miracles becomes
the oil of everyday cooking.
the greetings of "Happy Chanukah" fade
into simple hellos and goodbyes.
miracles turn to the mundane.
Ma'oz Tzur stops playing in your head.
your menorah returns to the cupboard
Savor what was
and the potential of what can be.
Remember the potential of light and hope
and the power of lighting those lights.
one small candle
a light like no other
the light that hope brings.
Let it live within you
long after this day ends.
Photograph courtesy of Fran Pechenick