Flickering Lights

It is not up to us to worry where the sky goes,
Unless that’s the place
We want to go, too.

It should not be our burden,
To wonder why the moon glows.
Unless in that wondering,
We find something that makes us glow too.

We are but flickering lights,
Bundles of energy released by the sun,
so many years ago,
so far away from today.
brought together here, but only for an instant.
The longest one we’ll ever know.

And as if by some magic,
Somehow sewn together,
into things that can feel, and lose,
and love.

Little packages of energy,
bound together with such force,
and with such withering complexity,
that it hurts sometimes.
But sometimes, it glows.


A match is lit,
and our life is struck.
And the way that flame twists
is all we’ve got.

But the smoke that is generated,
whisping away into air…
that will speak of us.

And the gleam that our light leaves
in the other’s eye, as they pass by,
so do we go with them.

And if, by chance, our flame might ignite another,
Then we alight,

Not nothing at all,

But everything, always,

Sometimes, the tiniest thing imaginable,
So grand it could make you cry.

But why?

Just smile.

Just try.


That’s why.

Good bye.lake_mohawk

Hello again!


Good night.


20 thoughts on “Flickering Lights

  1. Chad… sending the warmest thoughts to you and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. You don’t know me, at all, but I know I’m one among many who think you are a very bright light, indeed. ~❤️~

  2. This was beautiful! Thank you… Things are not going well for my son, and this poem is exactly how I feel about life and our time we spend upon this planet. Happy Thanksgiving, God bless, Peggy Selander

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Your writing touched me deeply as I recently got diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Life is magical, but we are just energy. Thank you

  4. G-d bless Chad– that is searingly beautiful! You don’t know me either but I’ve followed your journey with deepest admiration and respect. Be well!

  5. You know me and finding irony in all things. Well here we are again.
    Watching the flickering light of the bonfire.
    Telling a neighbor about my peacock feather that stood there until just now as my boy takes it from when you placed it there.
    Hello dear friend.
    Love to you.. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  6. Thank you for your beautiful words. They ring such truth. Bless you Happy Thanksgiving day to you, your family and friends.

  7. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!! Beautifully written. You are brave soul that I hope and prayer will be around for a very very long time. I know your Mom and Dad are very proud of you.

  8. Your words are so beautifully written. We are all blessed to hear them. Please know that I, like so many others, wish you well.

  9. This is so beautiful. Exquisite writing. Thank you – I continue to be in such awe of your talent, bravery, and amazing insight. Chad, you are a very bright light and a gift to us all. Wishing you continued health and a wonderful holiday season.

  10. Chad, Can you please post something on here. A response in the comments is fine. I am hoping things are still going well. You are having a difficult time and are fighting hard. Keep fighting and enjoy life.

  11. Happy New Year Chad! Missing your posts and hoping all is well!! I’m booked for my 2nd Craniotomy for Jan.27th!!! Your bravery is helping me get ready!
    May you have a healthy and prosperous 2017!!!!
    Cathy 🙂

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