Dreams in Candlelight

Written as part of Weekend Wordle #4 at A Prompt Each Day, which gives a set of ten words as inspiration, from which I’ve used nine AND Wordy Wednesday at Blog-a-Rhythm, which offers the picture as inspiration. Also sharing this with Poetry Pantry at Poets United and The Tuesday Platform at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads. Image given by Parul Kashyap Thakur.

Dreams in Candlelight

for the lessons for which she longs,
for which she writes her every song,
her father lives from week to week,
earning to make true what she seeks.

she stays up late, the desire to learn,
with a candle, the night she burns,
no money to waste, or tears to shed,
she knows the path is tough ahead.

not all are told to chase their dream,
to rise to where their destiny gleams,
not all enjoy the fruit she now eats,
education, elusive, choicest of treats.

she’s got a chance, shown the light,
she believes she’s up for the fight,
yet she prays to bring forth the day,
when all like her can find their way;
when she can finally have her say.

(Β© 28th June 2015)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

50 thoughts on “Dreams in Candlelight”

  1. It takes hard work and sacrifice to earn a place and voice in the world…but with the backing of those we love it can and will be done…a poem of strength and endurance..and of course dreaming which is vital..

    • Yeah. The support of loved ones matters a lot in such dreams coming to fruition. She has one such voice to support. πŸ™‚ Glad you liked the poem, Jae Rose.

  2. what a very supportive father she has.
    also, she was doing her part to be successful, after all, it is her who will lead her future. the father can only give her an advice or two.

  3. To strive and prosper and not to yield. Where one’s Dad has worked out a way it is imperative to do one’s part to complete the equation. Great lines Vinay! And thanks for the prompt!


  4. Not only is she the lucky one she also sees the need for change that all have a chance like her to achieve their potential. It possible for her through an enlightened father, for other a social change may be necessary.

  5. You’ve aptly told a universal tale for soooo many women in this world. Education opens doors for them that have been closed for ages.
    In my classes I loved to see these ladies, young most but not all. Both men and women are struggling to finish their education but women often have to overcome biases and tradition as well.
    Thank you, Leo, for coming to my blog/poem and thank you for your nice comment. It’s been several years since we’ve exchanged these courtesies.

    • A chance is all they need, and I hope they get it. The doors are there for them.

      Indeed, it had been a while. Good to be back to your blog, and good to see you at mine. πŸ™‚ Thank you, Jim.

  6. I was very touched by the father who truly love and support what his child wants. Mine only wanted me to follow his dreams for me….not the same.

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