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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.
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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on Feb. 17 2012 at 8:41 pm
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Don't Be Afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That's only initial impression.. The Important things is not the Retreat; You have to Master Yourself

i like this poem. its very hot

on Feb. 17 2012 at 9:26 am
NLURHS BRONZE, Charlotte, North Carolina
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That was amazing I loved it, it just flowed, I could really imagine a flame when reading your poem, just simply amazing :D

on Feb. 4 2012 at 9:08 am
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Beautiful and we can all be like an object such as a cloud or a wave or even the rain

on Jan. 26 2012 at 10:38 pm
Kingdom_of_the_Forgotten GOLD, Ogden, Utah
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This is really good. The work of a genius who knows how to get their point across to people.

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on Jan. 26 2012 at 9:03 pm
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Wow, I just loved this-you are a master at poem writing, gave it 5/5 of course!

on Jan. 26 2012 at 6:44 pm
living_undefined, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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"dream as if uv got forever, live as if uv only got today" and "life is like photography, we develop from the negatives"

Reading this poem i imagined a girl litteraly being the flame. and the flame moving as if a mind of its own then in the end i saw a flame make its way into a "cave of wax" then in the cave i saw a girl on fire dancing. I really love this poem :) keep writeing

on Jan. 26 2012 at 11:28 am
EternallyMe03 SILVER, BIRMINGHAM, Alabama
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I truly appreciate this poem. It is very unique in that it can relate to many people. Simple, yet powerful.

on Jan. 26 2012 at 10:46 am
AlexisNicole822 SILVER, Elyria, Ohio
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Robert Pattinson: “If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are. Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads"

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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on Jan. 4 2012 at 6:03 pm
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This is one of the best poems i have seen in a while! Great job!

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on Jan. 4 2012 at 5:11 pm
Legumes, Germantown, Tennessee
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Can I say anything other than wow?

on Jan. 4 2012 at 4:05 pm
Marzipan_City BRONZE, Rockford, Illinois
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This is a great poem. And I loved the analogies you put in it

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on Jan. 4 2012 at 12:46 pm
K.T.Bugg, Strawberry, Arkansas
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Love this poem! Very very good! :) It's very touching and true! i love it :) keep up the awesome work!

on Jan. 4 2012 at 11:48 am
His_Baby_Girl19 SILVER, Charlestown, Indiana
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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...

on Jan. 4 2012 at 10:38 am
MarissaWhitecloud SILVER, Oskaloosa, Iowa
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This was really good. I loved how you described the flame and then made it to describe you.

on Jan. 4 2012 at 9:56 am
Zoe-22-Turner DIAMOND, Beverly, Massachusetts
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wow that is really good interesting how you connected those two i love the analogy its really well written

on Jan. 4 2012 at 9:23 am
poet.lover PLATINUM, Pineville, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life."

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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on Jan. 4 2012 at 3:04 am
Joshua. GOLD, Las Vegas, Nevada
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"So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived, or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?" - Hunter S Tompson

Great! I really like it!

on Dec. 13 2011 at 12:15 pm
heather_marie PLATINUM, Deshler, Ohio
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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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on Dec. 13 2011 at 9:58 am
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Truly wonderful! It is very interesting how u connected life to a candle, which is not untrue... thank you!


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