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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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Alan said...
Aug. 3, 2011 at 6:15 am
This is lovely, touching. I feel you. beautiful piece!
 
Ellimee said...
Jul. 14, 2011 at 11:55 am
I'm labeling this unique, interesting, realistic, creative.... oh, and five-stars!
 
tsinger07 said...
Jul. 12, 2011 at 3:00 am
I understand. I feel what you feel. This is beautiful! Simple metaphor but amazingly written.
 
HarryPotterNerd11 said...
Jun. 20, 2011 at 10:23 pm
Impressive! It gives a powerful perspective on life and gives a figurative life to flame. Very, very Impressive... No other word except maybe Wow(!). :)
 
K.M.S.Shear said...
Jun. 20, 2011 at 8:04 am
I love the way you describe life.
 
Monkee63 said...
May 26, 2011 at 10:22 am
This poem is really relatable...I know how that feels to go from being bright and happy to dark and sad.
 
PrettyLittleDarling said...
May 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

perfect is the way to describe this peiece

 

 
Apeggy said...
Apr. 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm
I think this poem describes everyones life at one point in time. Great wording, i love it!
 
little-miss-mistakes said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 9:18 pm
love this love this love love love this!!!! GREAT JOB!!!
 
justanotherteenwriter said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm
your my new fav person. ever. i really liked this because you said what alot of depressed people cant find the words to say. myself included. thank you(:
 
GraceSanchez said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm
This poem is nicely written :D ilove it.
 
massiekur said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 12:56 pm
beautiful. it's the perfect comparison.
 
LiveInTheMoment said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm
This poem was beautifully written. I love your writing style! If you can, please check out and comment on my first poem, The Girl Inside. Thanks!
 
to.hold.the.sun This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Amazing :) I actually wrote something similar to this, about how happiness is about a match, how it flares brightly at the beginning then dies. It's still pending approval though :/

Anyway, yours is great. Very sensory and descriptive. And I completely agree.

 
edgeofnight said...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 7:37 pm
Beautiful 
 
callie15 said...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 6:36 pm
everyone pretty much said it. great job! brava!
 
abstractminded said...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 11:56 am
superb poem and can You plz read mines as well...they're really good i promise lol plus how do u and did u get yours published on mags and stuff???
 
money spender204 said...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 7:34 am
this was a graet poem. it was awsome
 
lillypelt12 said...
Mar. 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm
Truly amazing! I can relate completly.
 
ShelbyMarie93 said...
Mar. 2, 2011 at 8:40 am
Amazing work! And really nice metaphor too! You have great talent!
 
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