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This poem is taken from PN Review 223, Volume 41 Number 5, May - June 2015.

‘Candle’ D.W. Brydon
Candle

You showed me swans at Blackford Pond
and how to feed them. How to open
the Tupperware cupboard and pretend

the bowls were hats. The way
to make the Fisher-Price record player
play Half a Pound of Tuppenny Rice.

Smell of a burnt-out match.
Tiny flame through the shower curtain.
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