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Flame MAG

December 1, 2008
By Karah J., Schnecksville, PA, Schnecksville, PA

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.


The author's comments:
What inspired me to write this was: my life resembles a candle light. Bright at times, then it completely turns around and I feel dark, sad, and abandoned. I hope whoever reads this will feel what I felt, and not judge, but understand. Thank you.

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Hamburglar said...
on Mar. 11 2010 at 10:05 am
I really enjoyed this poem. The descriptive language in this poem makes it very vivid, and I like that a lot.

REESM33 said...
on Mar. 8 2010 at 11:45 am
REESM33, PARKESBURG, Pennsylvania
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this imagery cuoldnt get any better i could just feel the flame in my hand

REESM33 said...
on Mar. 8 2010 at 11:44 am
REESM33, PARKESBURG, Pennsylvania
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I mean great use of imagery its awesome

on Feb. 21 2010 at 8:20 pm
sunnyhunny PLATINUM, Litchfield, New Hampshire
22 articles 3 photos 329 comments

Favorite Quote:
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."
-Ghandi

I really like this. You're very clever with your use of words and metphors. I'm going to see if you have any other work!

on Feb. 21 2010 at 7:58 pm
rachey0924 BRONZE, Wayne, New Jersey
3 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
\"Love all, trust few. Do wrong to none.\"

This is exactly how I feel. Keep up the good work!

on Feb. 21 2010 at 7:02 pm
musiclover114 SILVER, Woodstock, Georgia
7 articles 0 photos 82 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

born an original, why die a copy?

wow,u r the next Shakespear,the imagery is absoultetly spectacular!!!!!!!!really really good!!!!!!!!

on Feb. 17 2010 at 10:59 am
hollyhottell DIAMOND, Redding, California
54 articles 0 photos 65 comments

Favorite Quote:
poetry is a diary written out loud

i like it. not to many people can relate them selves to diffrent objects and have it make sence like you did great jog....really good,,, u should see if you like my work

on Jan. 30 2010 at 9:44 pm
JohnnyDeppLover123 DIAMOND, Holyoke, Massachusetts
54 articles 0 photos 146 comments

Favorite Quote:
Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
William Shakespeare

Wow I seriously felt what you felt! That was amazing and incredible! Nice Job... You've got talent!!! ;)

on Jan. 30 2010 at 6:54 pm
ReneetheGreat PLATINUM, Castle Rock, Colorado
28 articles 3 photos 85 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Strength does not come from physical capacity, but from an indomitable will."

This poem took my breath away! It shows the depth that you have as a writer. You have incredible potential to change the world with your words!

Rabaya GOLD said...
on Jan. 30 2010 at 10:58 am
Rabaya GOLD, Jamaica, New York
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wow! this is a wonderful poem!

on Jan. 28 2010 at 6:38 am
CountryGothic GOLD, Somersworth, New Hampshire
16 articles 2 photos 207 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Once something has been said, it cannot be said in other words." -Aristotle

Astounding poem! You captured the flame and now hold it in the palm of your hand.

DiceBaby GOLD said...
on Jan. 27 2010 at 9:13 am
DiceBaby GOLD, Hartford, Connecticut
18 articles 7 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
Hell hath no fury like a woman's scorn

you have a magical way with words. U gave the fire life and meaning beyond the obvious. this was truely amazin. keep writing

on Jan. 20 2010 at 11:30 am
another_teenage_itiot PLATINUM, Huston, Arkansas
30 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
Why are we so angry
why are we so sad
we dont need to stare back
at everything we had

I can relate. I love this poem and it is one I will always remamber.

on Jan. 8 2010 at 8:43 pm
silent-one BRONZE, Chicago, Illinois
4 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
things arent always as they seem.

you have great talent.. fire always catches my attention and your poem has certainly caught my attention.

on Jan. 8 2010 at 6:01 pm
Fabizzle BRONZE, Miami, Florida
1 article 3 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
Don't hold on to the past when it's time to step into the future.

Wow, this poem is...amazing. I could so much relate to everything you said, this is truly amazing, i wish i could write like you lol, well i congratulate you")

on Jan. 8 2010 at 9:28 am
BlackMoonWhiteSky PLATINUM, Cedar Park, Texas
44 articles 3 photos 62 comments

Favorite Quote:
Thus is life, live it, or die trying!

Is it dumb to call a poem poetic? Because I’ve read poems that aren’t poetic but this is one of the most poetic poems I’ve ever read.

on Jan. 2 2010 at 1:23 pm
New here, and already loving it (still waiting for approval of my work, though - just joined two days ago)! Anyway, I loved this. I consider myself a pyro, and never thought of life like that. Really inspiring and so so so beautiful! Keep it coming! :)

Talia12 GOLD said...
on Dec. 25 2009 at 3:15 pm
Talia12 GOLD, Zephyrhills?, Florida
14 articles 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
isaiah 12:2

This poem means so much to me. i can understand where you're coming from and i deeply hope others can see the depth behind your writing.

on Dec. 25 2009 at 12:39 am
xxBrokenxxHeartedxxTrillionxx BRONZE, Holdenville, Oklahoma
4 articles 0 photos 15 comments
Brilliant,i love this poem,i also really really really love fire,so it has 2 of the things i love.keep writing its really good.

on Dec. 17 2009 at 2:31 pm
othello03 SILVER, Knoxville, Tennessee
5 articles 0 photos 5 comments
so good. i liked it even if it only referred to literal flame, but it got even better as a metaphor for life.


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