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The summer I was eight years old,
my sister found a pack of sparklers
hidden in the garden shed
slim sticks, black and cobwebbed,
that had lain dormant, forgotten
behind a rusted red tricycle,

We coveted fire,
smuggled the sparklers
behind my pillow,
until the night was ready
to be set aflame.
It was midnight,
the dark heavy with July air,
and we were alone
two skinny little girls,
twisting secretly through the darkness
with a pack of sparklers
clutched firmly
between two sweating hands.

My sister was never afraid
of fire
but as she lit the first match
I drew away, eyes wide and searching
for burns, for shadows,
for something living,
some knowing spirit
studying us and
our faraway secrets.
She was alive
with excitement, lips painted red
with the remains of melted cherry popsicles,
flushed and giggling at the power
she held in that single shining sparkler.
It was her eyes that convinced me,
in the light of stolen fire,
to reach out, strike match after match
and watch our secrets burn.

That night, we set fire
to every charred sparkler.
Sweat dripping,
barely breathing,
we held the sparklers
against the dark sky
writing in flame
the things we could never say
before dusk; carving the letters
in fire and smoke and leaving them
to smear the perfect faces
of the stars,
if only for a moment.

The sparklers died and died,
and we lit them one after the other
with impatient desperation.
When finally there was only one sparkler,
only one more chance to speak
in flames,
we stared at each other,
studying scabby knees
and scars
and pink-cheeked delight.
We took the sparkler
between our two dusty hands
fire dancing
in our eyes,
as we struck a match and cradled
the flame,
breathing life
into our single shining sin.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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TamzieW.This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 30 at 3:31 am
I like this, it brings back my own childhood memories. Nicely put :)
 
dreamshakerThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 30 at 5:51 pm
Thank you! :)
 
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