Blessed is the Match

March 22, 2011

Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame.
Blessed is the flame that burns in the secret fastness of the heart.
Blessed is the heart with strength to stop its beating for honor’s sake.
Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame.

– Hanna Szenes, a Jewish Hungarian poet imprisoned by the Nazis in World War II

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One Response to “Blessed is the Match”

  1. Suze said

    The word ‘match’ could be parsed as a coupling between lovers.

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