LanternsLanterns6 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
I walk under the cold night sky.
It is so adorned by lanterns that I don't need any help to find my way.Even the full moon seems faint compared to the light coming from the millions of khom fai filling the air.
My own lantern is held, flaccid, close to my chest against the November air. I reach my destination, a bench, in the middle of this park.
I hold out my lantern and light the candle that rests inside. And wait for the space around the candle to fill with hot air.
As I do I look around me and see at least twenty other people launching khom fai of their own. I hope that this lantern will rid me of my troubles as the tradition holds.
Finally my lantern is full and I let go. Let go and watch it float gently up to join a million other lights in the sky.