Every anum on the mark

we pour ourselves in wax

again, and try to coat a candle

that hasn’t yet been burned away.

And every year we see ourselves,

the new improved—as we could be

and think “this year we will not burn

away or let the wax drip down.”

But coated candles aged with flame

can never wax away the marks

of burn and stress—they stay to say

that aging grace is elegant.

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