A Candle for the Number

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On this thirty-first day of October, I pause for a moment’s reflection

I take time to remember the forgotten

Not those whose lives fill the pages of history’s book

But those whom the ancient texts overlook


It is easy to read a number written on paper or carved into stone

Commemorating the dead unknown

No other life-story written out for the world to recall

Accomplishments lost – both great and small


But those numbers represent people who fill earth’s graves

They were lovers, refugees, dreamers and slaves

They worked hard, creating a foundation for a better life

They clung to hope through war and strife


They carried with them experience, knowledge and wisdom

They never asked to be a nameless victim

Their killers, tormentors, abusers have their place in humanity’s diary

But the innocent dead are lost to our memory


Even today we hear of the thousands persecuted and dead

But a far away number doesn’t turn our head

So, I will light a Hallows Eve candle for the numbered deceased

To grieve for the dead and to hope for peace

About Claire St. Hilaire

Claire believes that to tell a story you must listen to one first. Her books and stories are fictional tales based on the emotions and experiences of individuals who have shared their own stories with her. She is passionate about giving a voice to those who are not heard by creating fictional events and then bringing them to life with true human experiences. View all posts by Claire St. Hilaire

2 responses to “A Candle for the Number

  • Otto von Münchow

    We all grown upon all those who came before us, unknown as well as those more know. Every life matters – and we often tend to forget that. I lovely tribute to them, Claire.

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    • Claire St. Hilaire

      Thank you, Otto! I completely agree. It so easy to take for granted how much we build on previous generations and how much knowledge is lost with every casualty. I often think what amazing things people could have accomplished had they not been victims of tragedy. How many of them would have changed history, I wonder? Thank you as always for taking the time to read my work, and for your thoughtful replies!

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