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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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Fangz said...
Feb. 26, 2009 at 1:23 pm:
This is my favorite poem from this month's magazine.
 
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PitchBlackCeiling said...
Feb. 25, 2009 at 2:55 am:
very powerful great work
 
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tweedle dee said...
Feb. 24, 2009 at 1:00 am:
yah i liked it ok.
 
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yael K. said...
Feb. 22, 2009 at 11:42 pm:
great job, that was amazing i couldnt see where it was going til it got there, a big accomplishment wow really impressive
 
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Readalot101 said...
Feb. 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm:
That's an awesome poem!!! I don't think I can critisize you at all!!
 
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lonelylover said...
Feb. 21, 2009 at 11:24 pm:
i love this poem i can relate to the flame. good job
 
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blondie101 said...
Feb. 21, 2009 at 4:19 am:
very cool how you related it to ur life! nice work. simple amazing! :D
 
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Chanel1213 said...
Feb. 17, 2009 at 2:08 pm:
this was the best poem i heard all day it was really beautiful
 
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vampgirl1234 said...
Feb. 13, 2009 at 5:47 pm:
Wow! i really enjoyed that. i actually could see where u came from and the use of ur words. and instead of just flat out telling me u used the candle flame. nice.
 
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kodaluv said...
Feb. 13, 2009 at 8:18 pm:
i luved it, it was like the way i feel sometimes!!!
 
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austin T. said...
Feb. 16, 2009 at 3:12 am:
i find your work very inspiring. i loved it alot
 
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sharito91 said...
Feb. 13, 2009 at 5:24 am:
Wow... this was GREAT!!! I totally understood where you were coming from, that's exactly how I feel somtimes... you have talent!
 
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I_iz_AWESOMAZING! said...
Feb. 10, 2009 at 3:14 am:
I love it, it's real and honest, pure and raw. You have talent, and promise
 
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jessica said...
Feb. 8, 2009 at 2:58 pm:
First of all i would like to say i think you have amazing talent. i understood the meaning without it being so blunt and direct. using an object, a simple thing more people over look because it is so small and so many of them.
This poem is my favorite, i think i have ever read on here.
 
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Perfectionist47 said...
Feb. 4, 2009 at 11:18 pm:
You're poem is the first I've read on this sight, I read, the name caught my attention. I wasn't dissapointed. It was great!
 
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Riverine14 said...
Feb. 4, 2009 at 3:03 am:
Very beautiful. Completely understanding and I think a lot of us would understand where you're poem comes from. Although most of us wouldn't be able to put our feelings into words. Beautiful. Check out some of my stuff just search Brittany A Pinedale Wy
 
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HBCdance said...
Feb. 3, 2009 at 9:27 pm:
I really loved this poem. The language, the metaphors, all of it. I really like watching candle flames grow and change, shrink and weaken, so I like loved reading another person's take on the subject. Great job!
 
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gothchick1995 said...
Feb. 2, 2009 at 5:08 am:
Wow, awesome, amazing, totally cool, lov it.
 
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downdown said...
Feb. 2, 2009 at 2:52 am:
this is soooo touching!!! youre amazing!!
 
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tan-tan said...
Feb. 1, 2009 at 3:23 pm:
it was a good poem but why did you write it
 
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