A Candle for Kate

By Mark Fleisher

Yiddish word marks
the anniversary of 
a loved one’s passing
She was not Jewish
but I light a Yahrzeit candle
Our Lady of Guadalupe candle
call it ecumenical Yahrzeit
Born Catholic
raised Catholic
educated Catholic
in time a 
discontented Catholic
Tried the Lutheran brand
didn’t fit
Drifted to Episcopalians
call it Catholic light

Labels, all
What of them?
Only the light matters

A native of Brooklyn, New York, now living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mark Fleisher has published three books of poetry – with some prose and photographs thrown in – Moments of Time; Intersections: Poems from the Crossroads; and Reflections: Soundings from the Deep, in addition to collaborating on a chapbook titled Obituaries of the Living. His work has appeared in numerous online and print anthologies in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and India.  After receiving a journalism degree from Ohio University, Fleisher enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served a year in Vietnam as a combat news reporter. He was awarded a Bronze Star among other decorations. Before turning to poetry, Fleisher held reporting and editing positions with newspapers in New York and Washington, D.C.

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