Eight Angels Came To Me On Eight Nights

Eight Angels Came to Me On Eight Nights
*Each one told a story

The first one asked questions

What kind of light?
What is Hanukkah?
A miracle but which one?

It hasn’t clarified yet.
Backwards we are telling the story
the prophet Elijah standing on the street corner

unlit candle waving in his hand
from a dark thatch of beard
he asked for a match —

Fire, he said
as well as light
some specially created light

or fire –
We call Hanukkah
the festival of lights

Josephus did too —
the kind of light
that burns.