WQWWC #53 – Topic: Candles or Lights

Written for;WQWWC #53 – Topic: Candles or Lights, hosted by Marsha

“Do not worry if all the candles in the world flicker and die. We have the spark that starts the fire”

– Rumi

The fire that burns brightly 
And lights up the worlds around you
It’s flame is lit by the spark
That lies in your spirit and not
Generated by a igniting a matchstick


“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations”

George Bernard Shaw


Making what we will of this life
Its power, and the strength of its brilliance
Is not dependent upon how this fire was created
But only on how we’ve cherished the flame

For the last quote of this post, I am sharing a couple of verses from my most favorite poet Dr. Mohammad Iqbal, called Allama Iqbal. This is the English translation;

“My longing comes to my lips as supplication of mine O God!

May like the candle be the life of mine!

May the world’s darkness disappear through the life of mine!

May every place light up with the sparkling light of mine!”

Allama Iqbal ( Urdu poet)

I learned this poem as a child, in school. I still love it though cannot sing it as well as I used to do in school.



33 thoughts on “WQWWC #53 – Topic: Candles or Lights

      1. I’ve read about him in history, a remarkable poet and yes, a common heritage, as he belonged to undivided India 😀 Our present national anthem was actually composed by Rabindranath Tagore. I guess Dr Iqbal wrote Saare Jahan se accha Hindustan Hamara- The national poem perhaps. It’s very popular.

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  1. Thank you for this beautiful post, Sadje. I’m just seeing it. The quotes are so appropriate. I love the song. It is so melodic and relaxing. It doesn’t even matter that I don’t understand the language. Thanks for sharing a little bit of yourself in this post.

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