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I watch this flame pass
from match to wick,
gently stepping over
a great divide.
This flame and I
are not so different:
it comes into being from nothingness;
it eats and grows, smokes, and rests.
It gets angry,
destroys homes,
consumes flesh.
Sated, it becomes calm,
retreats into coals,
smoldering through the night.
Domesticated
by a piece of string,
it makes its home in a cave of wax.
It chases the shadows away
and stands watch through the night.
It sways
and dances in the darkness
before it is extinguished
in the blink
of an eye.

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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anonymous said...
Sept. 20, 2009 at 1:32 pm:
wow... that was ...wow! I'm totally lost for words. that never happens!!! 8-)
 
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Jane P. said...
Sept. 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm:
Wow. I loved that. It was really deep. The whole comparison between yourself and the flame was really... amazing. It just made sense!
 
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dilÉmma said...
Sept. 20, 2009 at 11:19 am:
This was an amazing piece of art. I was captivated by your words as much as the actual flame. Good work!
 
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Bryson M. said...
Sept. 14, 2009 at 7:58 pm:
This is a truely emotinal peace of work. It really captivated me and had me reading till the end. It was an enjoyable Poem!!
 
Jane P. replied...
Sept. 20, 2009 at 12:57 pm :
I felt the same way. It was really facinating.
 
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Schubster said...
Jun. 21, 2009 at 9:13 pm:
I love the comparison here between your life and a flame. Fantastic work.
 
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kittykat123 said...
Jun. 1, 2009 at 7:34 pm:
very good!!!:)
 
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Twilightnme said...
May 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm:
nice... I really liked it. Touching, and sincere...
 
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Jordon said...
May 7, 2009 at 9:57 pm:
I loved it. It was really, really inspiring. xx
 
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blackstar said...
Apr. 29, 2009 at 11:53 pm:
inspiring and touching......nice work keep writing
 
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Janessa J. said...
Apr. 26, 2009 at 1:02 pm:
you really do have a way with words...
i like this very much
 
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PadfootAA said...
Apr. 15, 2009 at 5:24 pm:
I LOVE this poem! its so insperational!
 
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Audrey G. said...
Apr. 4, 2009 at 12:30 am:
This is utterly phenomenal, I adore it. The imagery is amazing.
 
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Hannah T. said...
Apr. 3, 2009 at 11:33 pm:
THAT is absolutely fantastic!
 
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xXsmileXx This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 29, 2009 at 11:38 pm:
All i can say is, WOW! that poem is really awesome, and i only wish that when i wrote poems that the words could get lost in like that.
 
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Katelyn S. said...
Mar. 27, 2009 at 3:13 am:
I really get that but with my poems you would never geass that these works of sorrow and life came from me.
 
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firstsnowfalls This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 26, 2009 at 6:59 pm:
Awesome emotion. I can feel it in every line. This is an amazing piece, and very easy to relate to.
 
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Dulcenina1210 said...
Mar. 24, 2009 at 10:34 pm:
great cadence. i can totally relate to it too
 
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calita01_23 said...
Mar. 24, 2009 at 4:22 pm:
I did understand where your coming from at a time.
I used to be the same way but then I just went to GOd with my problems.
I liked your poem but it was gloomy
telling me that your mad and yourself and others for making your life a certain way.
but you can get away from that.
Know that you can make it through:)
 
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Alaira said...
Mar. 23, 2009 at 3:44 pm:
it's very powerful...i love it.
 
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