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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.

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AlexisNicole822 said...
Jan. 26, 2012 at 10:46 am:
This is amazing. I completely understand the similiarities. And I most definitely agree, I feel this way at times as well. Excellent job(:
 
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amber603 said...
Jan. 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm:
This is one of the best poems i have seen in a while! Great job!
 
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Forgotten_Saint said...
Jan. 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm:
This is a great poem. And I loved the analogies you put in it
 
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K.T.Bugg said...
Jan. 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm:
Love this poem! Very very good! :) It's very touching and true! i love it :) keep up the awesome work!
 
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His_Baby_Girl19 said...
Jan. 4, 2012 at 11:48 am:
I love this poem. And especially how it represents you. The beauty within this poem can only come out of the courageous and lonely beauty's. You may not be alone, but do not let your inner wick distinguish.....You may never been able to enlighten it again...
 
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kairi.kaylynThis 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...
Jan. 4, 2012 at 10:38 am:
This was really good. I loved how you described the flame and then made it to describe you.
 
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LilZo11 said...
Jan. 4, 2012 at 9:56 am:
wow that is really good interesting how you connected those two i love the analogy its really well written
 
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poet.lover said...
Jan. 4, 2012 at 9:23 am:
I really love all the emotion and truth that lies within this poem! Amazing work! try reading some of my poetry sometime, thanks :)
 
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Joshua. said...
Jan. 4, 2012 at 3:04 am:
Great! I really like it!
 
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heather_marie said...
Dec. 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm:
i understand completly my life has been estinguished many times and then light up again a short while. i love how fire can chase away the dark. and can keep me safe.
 
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Fia-fia said...
Dec. 13, 2011 at 9:58 am:

Truly wonderful! It is very interesting how u connected life to a candle, which is not untrue... thank you!

:)

 
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xo19brandee93xo said...
Dec. 13, 2011 at 7:26 am:
That was great! :D
 
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Violet said...
Nov. 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm:
This has to be one of my favorite poems on teen ink!  Keep up your amazingness!!!!!!   :)
 
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Nick said...
Nov. 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm:
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! That was extremily awesome! Keep it up!
 
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BrynaJo said...
Nov. 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm:
This was awesome!
 
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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! ^_^

 
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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!
 
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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!
 
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alwaysbrokenhearted said...
Sept. 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm:
so true! keep writing. and i'm sooo tagging this as a favorite!!!
 
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WeAllBurn said...
Sept. 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm:
agreed <3.
 
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