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May 21, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about 100 candles. What do they light, and why? Think about contrast or symbolism. Are the candles large, small, or stars in the night? Go where the prompt leads!
Christened Roman Catholic
I stopped going to mass when I was twelve
Not long after my first Holy Communion
My mother insisted I go to Sunday mass.
I would leave the house, walk around for an hour
These days I like to visit many churches
Light a candle, sit awhile
I decided to come back with a hundred candles
Find a reason to light each one
There are all the usual things
Health, wealth, happiness, protect the family
That might take up a dozen
I sat wondering how long it would take
to light one hundred Holy dancing flames…