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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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BrynaJo said...
Nov. 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm
This was awesome!
 
RedFeather said...
Nov. 21, 2011 at 7:32 am

That's a beautiful poem! I love the comparison of a person's life to a candle flame! I'm going to share this with my friends if you don't mind.

Check out some of my work sometime, will ya? KW! ^_^

 
Lola_Black said...
Oct. 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm
Beautiful comparison! I love the way it's written, by the way. Very relatable, too. Powerful. All around, it's an awesome poem!
 
NYClove13 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm
This poem was absolutely incredible! It was relatable, and if it wasn't for the fact that it was posted on this website I would've thought it was written by a professional poet! Great job!
 
alwaysbrokenhearted said...
Sept. 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm
so true! keep writing. and i'm sooo tagging this as a favorite!!!
 
WeAllBurn said...
Sept. 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm
agreed <3.
 
Mimi15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm
CHECK OUT MY WORKKK. K, thanks :)
 
bamboom212 said...
Aug. 25, 2011 at 10:42 am
Butiful ! (;
 
WhoWillCareIfEveryoneDied said...
Aug. 25, 2011 at 8:54 am
Beautiful. i have work on here i would really appreciate it if you guys can check it out and tell me what you think. Thanks :)
 
cookiegirl said...
Aug. 25, 2011 at 4:50 am
I like how you use cnadle light to represent your life: )  Your words are powerful.  
 
live-laugh-love said...
Aug. 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm
This is very lovely and moving. I can feel where you're coming from. I love it.
 
RhythmAndRhyme said...
Aug. 3, 2011 at 12:25 pm
Great use of description and comparison. I totally felt like I was this flame, and it was me....very cool.
 
Alan said...
Aug. 3, 2011 at 6:15 am
This is lovely, touching. I feel you. beautiful piece!
 
Ellimee said...
Jul. 14, 2011 at 11:55 am
I'm labeling this unique, interesting, realistic, creative.... oh, and five-stars!
 
tsinger07 said...
Jul. 12, 2011 at 3:00 am
I understand. I feel what you feel. This is beautiful! Simple metaphor but amazingly written.
 
HarryPotterNerd11 said...
Jun. 20, 2011 at 10:23 pm
Impressive! It gives a powerful perspective on life and gives a figurative life to flame. Very, very Impressive... No other word except maybe Wow(!). :)
 
K.M.S.Shear said...
Jun. 20, 2011 at 8:04 am
I love the way you describe life.
 
Monkee63 said...
May 26, 2011 at 10:22 am
This poem is really relatable...I know how that feels to go from being bright and happy to dark and sad.
 
PrettyLittleDarling said...
May 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

perfect is the way to describe this peiece

 

 
Apeggy said...
Apr. 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm
I think this poem describes everyones life at one point in time. Great wording, i love it!
 
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