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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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livelovelaugh353 said...
Jul. 20, 2012 at 12:54 am
This was beautifully written and I completely understand where you are coming from. I hope you are able to keep your candle lit (:
 
mellowmari said...
Jun. 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm
This poem really showcases your feelings! I give it two thumbs up!
 
Soccerisme said...
Jun. 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm
Great work! I totally understand and this poem was written fantastically! 
 
dragon1572 said...
Jun. 6, 2012 at 10:44 pm
Amazing poem, imagery and description was great and through this each reader can relate it to his/her own personal experience. Great work.
 
The-Silent-Call said...
Jun. 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm
I love the reference to the controlled haven of the candle wick, to the burning down of homes. There is such a large definition of fire, but I believe you potrayed it quite well!
 
Two of Tow said...
May 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm
Read Farenheit 451
 
Two of Tow said...
May 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm
Read Farenheit 451
 
WR1T3R said...
Apr. 23, 2012 at 7:35 pm
I loved it! You did a wonderful job! =)
 
KelliB replied...
May 15, 2012 at 11:28 am
I understand. NO judgement here. Great job!
 
satellite23 said...
Apr. 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm
Very desciptive, but a bit cliche and boring.
 
pianokeysevie replied...
May 15, 2012 at 9:18 am
i would have said the same if this was any longer, but i liked the length.. i didn't find it boring
 
kyrireese said...
Apr. 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm
Brilliant.
 
Whitney S. said...
Apr. 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm
I thought the context was very well written. The word usage was very good and it was also very descriptive.
 
lonleygal said...
Apr. 23, 2012 at 11:07 am
there are so many times i feel the same way I love how you are not afraid to let your feelings out
 
Indilove said...
Apr. 23, 2012 at 7:57 am
Great visualization Great description Great overall work VERY well done!!!!
 
logo1234 said...
Apr. 18, 2012 at 11:02 pm
I really like how you related yourself to the flames. Very good description, made it easy to visualize in my head.  I definitely feel that it resembles a candle, bright one second and gone the next.
 
Light_Walker said...
Apr. 12, 2012 at 7:19 am
I have felt the same. You have captured how many people feel in their life perfectly. I hope your flame will burn forever bright!
 
Lola_Black said...
Apr. 3, 2012 at 6:31 pm
I understand.
 
DanielleD said...
Apr. 1, 2012 at 5:57 pm

This poem is beautiful and well written. I'd love if you would check out some of my work too! :-)

TeenInk.com/poetry/free_verse/article/443185/A-House-Divided/

 
dragonfly95 said...
Apr. 1, 2012 at 10:03 am
this beatifuly written...i am sorry for the pain you have felt and expressed in this poem...very well expressed, please check out my work sometime.thanks!
 
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