Match or no match we light a lantern to latch
on its ten luminous beads in a rosary of needs.
Illumination is a lantern’s first bead
of knowledge lighting paths of ignorance’s darkness.
Love is a lantern’s second bead
of affection lighting paths of loneliness’ emptiness.
Guidance is a lantern’s third bead
of direction lighting paths to take to avoid mistakes.
Truth is a lantern’s fourth bead
of reality lighting paths to freedom from lies.
Virtue is a lantern’s fifth bead
of right lighting paths of wrongs to make amends.
Vigilance is a lantern’s sixth bead
of bravery lighting paths of trials to survive difficulties.
Quest is a lantern’s seventh bead
of purpose lighting paths of success to find life’s meanings.
Separation is a lantern’s eighth bead
of survival lighting paths of endurance to find strength after loss.
Stability is a lantern’s ninth bead
of coping lighting paths of reason to find balance in our lives.
Peace is a lantern’s tenth and biggest bead
of happiness lighting paths of content to find reason in our fates.