Flame This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

December 1, 2008
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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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WannaBeWriternumbertwo said...
Jul. 25, 2010 at 12:54 pm
wow............wonderful.
 
novelista21 said...
Jul. 25, 2010 at 8:58 am
I can picture the candle.  this is beautiful, and an awesome poem.  Anyone want to read my stuff?  thanks!
 
musiclover123 said...
Jul. 4, 2010 at 3:38 am

wow

Fire has always fascinated me,and this poem does too.Its got hidden meaning and you have to read between the lines to get it all.Its BEAUTIFUL.

<3

 
Sam_Arnold said...
Jul. 3, 2010 at 7:25 pm
Nicely done  I like it  
 
roseann This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 3, 2010 at 6:33 pm
this was very good. im pretty fascinated with fire so this piece sorta describes myself too. fire is never really tamed and can change in an instant. ;)
 
Dax533 said...
Jul. 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm

very good, deserves to be published

 

 
xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 3, 2010 at 11:45 am
this piece was so lovely:] check out my work?
 
psychokidd said...
Jun. 17, 2010 at 9:34 am
wow, this is really good, good imagrey, i like the hidden meanings and love how i can relate to them. excellent peiece.
 
~Reaa.Mae.Kuzyk~ said...
Jun. 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm
Loved it. :) Keep writing. :D
 
palakThis 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. said...
Jun. 11, 2010 at 10:01 am
you defimitely put out the flame....i love the imagery....keep lighting your flame of poetry!!
 
HannaHBoo said...
Jun. 11, 2010 at 8:11 am
Wow. That is a powerful piece. Keep writing!
 
mhw582 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm

i love this. don't let anyone tell you that what you're writing is wrong - if it makes sense to you then it is right.

i love the imagery associated with "it chases shadows away and stands watch through the night"... like a silent guardian.

keep writing :).

 
Eilatan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm
I do not judge. I understand.
 
demetria said...
May 20, 2010 at 6:43 pm
you definatley put  the flame out..... this isn't very clear but i like the concept.
 
Beth K. said...
May 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm
There was no need for all the flame. It makes me think you're a pyrophile.
 
callie15 replied...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 6:40 pm
did you, by any chance, read the author's comment about this poem? that might clear some things up for you...
 
Ummm...shutup said...
May 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Alright fire fighter. Obviously this career isn't working for you. Maybe...Chef.

 

 
Patience97 said...
May 20, 2010 at 2:38 pm
I really like this and it makes me feel like I understand you. Good job :)
 
ElijahNoble replied...
May 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm
how does a poem get so many comments like this?
 
Patience97 replied...
May 20, 2010 at 3:23 pm
What do you mean? It's unique, and it has a hidden meaning, when you look closely at the words you can see it... Try to have an open mind.
 
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