Magazine, website & books written by teens since 1989

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

By
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.




Join the Discussion

This article has 250 comments. Post your own now!

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.
 
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!
 
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
 
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!
 
gothchick1995 said...
Feb. 2, 2009 at 5:08 am
Wow, awesome, amazing, totally cool, lov it.
 
downdown said...
Feb. 2, 2009 at 2:52 am
this is soooo touching!!! youre amazing!!
 
tan-tan said...
Feb. 1, 2009 at 3:23 pm
it was a good poem but why did you write it
 
Nicki t. said...
Jan. 29, 2009 at 4:21 pm
awesome you are a talented poet with an different vibe of words
 
KaiKai said...
Jan. 29, 2009 at 1:22 pm
this poem is really good.... Inspiring and touching while not depressing... That is a thin line to walk and this poem rides it perfectly.
 
AAM129112 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 20, 2009 at 8:28 am
Great imagery! I know what you mean
 
Site Feedback