FIRST PLACE Award Winner
Vancouver Tagore Society, 2018
Award winning work:
The Three Flames
© Deborah L. Kelly
I sometimes wonder, if Elpis,
the Spirit of Hope, had not made
the decision to hide under the lip
of the jar when all else fled,
would we, today, live in a world
bereft of Hope?
I grew up and was taught the flame
of Hope is eternal; let us pray,
it is never extinguished.
If the flame of Love burns out,
we are still left with the Faith
and Hope it will once again burn.
Should the flames of Faith and Love together,
perish, we are still left with Hope;
the flames of each shall be reignited
from the remaining flame,
to continue burning.
Hope extinguished is the beginning
of darkness; a darkness so dense and all
encompassing, to relight the flame
of Hope would not be possible;
for now, all the flames have perished.