The Giver Candle- James Baldwin Tribute

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THE TUPELO MAN collection is for men and the women who love them.

From our TUPELO MAN collection, this is a tribute to the iconic writer, activist and playwright. This candle is named after one of my favorite Baldwin poems, entitled, THE GIVER.  James Baldwin published the 1953 novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, receiving acclaim for his insights on race, spirituality and humanity. Other novels included Giovanni's Room, Another Country and Just Above My Head, as well as essays like Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time

THE GIVER
If the hope of giving
is to love the living,
the giver risks madness
in the act of giving.

Some such lesson I seemed to see
in the faces that surrounded me.

Needy and blind, unhopeful, unlifted,
what gift would give them the gift to be gifted?
          The giver is no less adrift
          than those who are clamouring for the gift.

If they cannot claim it, if it is not there,
if their empty fingers beat the empty air
and the giver goes down on his knees in prayer
knows that all of his giving has been for naught
and that nothing was ever what he thought
and turns in his guilty bed to stare
at the starving multitudes standing there
and rises from bed to curse at heaven,
he must yet understand that to whom much is given
much will be taken, and justly so:
I cannot tell how much I owe.

James Baldwin, "The giver (for Berdis)" from Jimmy’s Blues.

SCENT: PINEAPPLE SAGE

A tropical blend of pineapple, sage, and green leaves. This scent has a fresh cut pineapple top note while a heart of green leaves, anise, and palm adds depth. Earthy sage and sweet sugar in the base round out this versatile fruit fragrance. Bolstered by an infusion of essential oils, like including eucalyptus, cedar, vetiver, palmarosa, clary sage, lemongrass, amyris, black pepper, cade, and blue chamomile flower, this fruity yet herbaceous fragrance is sure to please the most discerning nose. It is powerful and bold, yet sweet and indulgent. Pineapple Sage is pure luxury in fragrance.


Note Profile:

Top: Pineapple

Middle: Green Leaves, Palm, Anise

Base: Sage, Sugar

Burn Time: 55-60 hours