Agnes Janich

Lighting the Night


Many years ago a dark night

enveloped Europe.


Today I write down the names of my loved ones

and their ages at the time of that night –

some of them unborn yet,

likely to remain so

had the night

lasted any longer.


Me among those likely unborn.


I invite you in the audience

to write down names

of your loved ones

and their ages during that night.


We will attach these names to candles

and burn them on the water.


As the fire consumes

those I love

and myself,

I finally remember to be happy that I’m alive.


I hope you do, too.

© 2003 - 2019 Agnes Janich