“My candle burns at both ends”

“Each week Carry On Tuesday will publish either a famous quotation or a line from a book, song or poem and invite you to Carry On where words stop. You may use some of the words or all of them either at the start of your piece or within the body of your work.”




Juggling life now
My candle burns at both ends
May I take a nap?
Physically, mentally
Emotionally, spiritually
Awaiting reprieve


Image Credit

© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011

This week’s inspiration prompt:
The first line of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem,
“First Fig”

“My candle burns at both ends”


First Fig

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends–
It gives a lovely light!

— Edna St Vincent Millay

About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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16 Responses to “My candle burns at both ends”

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  3. Whitesnake says:

    No reprieve available at this time. Please take a ticket and wait in line.


  4. dani says:

    First Fig is my very favorite poem! i love your take on the prompt. ♥


  5. Renee Espriu says:

    Your words are somewhat haunting in a reflection of the lives we often lead in order to get too much done. Mine right now is working full time, a kitchen remodel (my daughter and son-in-law are helping) and trying to get to my Blog. Definitely need more hours in a day. Nicely written, Becca!


  6. Danny Nettleton says:

    I love Millay! She is my favorite of the Victorian poets. So playful in her language.


  7. I understand that feeling. If life could have a pause button, would be nice! Thanks for the visit 🙂


  8. Nara Malone says:

    I’m waiting reprieve too. Great poem.


  9. phylor says:

    Thx for sharing your poetry, and the Carry on Tuesday link. Think I’ll check it out!


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