The Flame-Keeper

Keep the flame alive, however fragile it’s dance

However forgotten in difficult days, distracted days

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

Stir the embers again, let stillness stir it to life, this red-hot mystery,

Wake it gently in the quiet, sit with the glow

Guard the fire from the wind

Shelter it from the rain

Protect this flickering glory from the fire-stealers

You’ll know them

For you are the flame-keeper, the keeper of your flame, as the flame keeps you

An inextinguishable blaze, and quite un-put-outable,

A holy flame, holy and strong

This kindly light

This burning gold within

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

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