Keep the flame alive

Keep the flame alive, however fragile it’s dance

However forgotten in difficult days, distracted days, despairing days

However obscured by the ego’s demands, the world’s demands

Stir the embers again, let stillness stir it to life

Wake it in the quiet, in those moments, sit with the glow, such a flame within you

Guard it from the wind

Shelter it from the rain

Protect this flickering glory from the fire-stealers

You’ll know them, and how they come

For you are the flame-keeper

The keeper of your flame

As the flame keeps you

An inextinguishable blaze, quite un-put-outable,

A holy flame, holy and strong

This kindly light

This burning gold within, down the years and now

This simple searing flame… and you it’s marvellous keeper

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