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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 Sep. 20 2009 at 6:40 pm
Alexandria Pincheon BRONZE, Portland, Texas
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I can completely relate to every thought in this. I understood where this author was coming from. It was amazing and well written. I, too, feel as the author does. I loved it.

LilaW PLATINUM said...
on Sep. 20 2009 at 4:10 pm
LilaW PLATINUM, Brampton, ON, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Live. Laugh. Love. Fight. Flight. Get it right.<3

amazing. i love the way this was written

on Sep. 20 2009 at 3:31 pm
Merlins_Magic GOLD, Clarksville, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"Forgive your enemies but never forget their names." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. (Better known as JFK)

This definitely deserved being published in the magazine. So beautifully put and artistically constructed. Well done.

not-here54 said...
on Sep. 20 2009 at 2:59 pm
I loved this poetry. I know who u feel and I get how it resembles to a flame.

anonymous said...
on Sep. 20 2009 at 1:32 pm
wow... that was ...wow! I'm totally lost for words. that never happens!!! 8-)

Ampersand GOLD said...
on Sep. 20 2009 at 12:57 pm
Ampersand GOLD, Mount Desert, Maine
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Favorite Quote:
"RedVines! What the hell can't they do?"

I felt the same way. It was really facinating.

Ampersand GOLD said...
on Sep. 20 2009 at 12:56 pm
Ampersand GOLD, Mount Desert, Maine
12 articles 0 photos 54 comments

Favorite Quote:
"RedVines! What the hell can't they do?"

Wow. I loved that. It was really deep. The whole comparison between yourself and the flame was really... amazing. It just made sense!

dilÉmma said...
on Sep. 20 2009 at 11:19 am
This was an amazing piece of art. I was captivated by your words as much as the actual flame. Good work!

on Sep. 20 2009 at 8:28 am
anna-lynne1291 DIAMOND, Dracut, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
How will we ever get out of this labyrinth?
-John Green

SEVAS TRA (Art Saves)

Great imagery! I know what you mean

brysonm SILVER said...
on Sep. 14 2009 at 7:58 pm
brysonm SILVER, McConnells, South Carolina
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This is a truely emotinal peace of work. It really captivated me and had me reading till the end. It was an enjoyable Poem!!

Schubster said...
on Jun. 21 2009 at 9:13 pm
I love the comparison here between your life and a flame. Fantastic work.

on Jun. 1 2009 at 7:34 pm
kittykat123 SILVER, Fairmount City, Pennsylvania
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very good!!!:)

on May. 17 2009 at 10:04 pm
Twilightnme SILVER, Anchorage, Alaska
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Favorite Quote:
"You dont know what you have until its gone"

nice... I really liked it. Touching, and sincere...

on May. 7 2009 at 9:57 pm
ThereIsAlwaysHope GOLD, Belfast, Other
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Favorite Quote:
'Miles to go before I sleep'
- Robert Frost

I loved it. It was really, really inspiring. xx

on Apr. 29 2009 at 11:53 pm
blackstar SILVER, Capitol Heights, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
be yourself

inspiring and touching......nice work keep writing

Nessa SILVER said...
on Apr. 26 2009 at 1:02 pm
Nessa SILVER, Sugarland, Texas
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you really do have a way with words...

i like this very much

PadfootAA said...
on Apr. 15 2009 at 5:24 pm
I LOVE this poem! its so insperational!

on Apr. 4 2009 at 12:30 am
Audrey Gidman, Putnam, Connecticut
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This is utterly phenomenal, I adore it. The imagery is amazing.

on Apr. 3 2009 at 11:33 pm
SimplicityDefined GOLD, Rogersville, Tennessee
13 articles 1 photo 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell." -C.S. Lewis

THAT is absolutely fantastic!

on Mar. 29 2009 at 11:38 pm
xXsmileXx PLATINUM, St. Louis, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
"Your dreams only become intangible when you stop reaching" ~me ;)

All i can say is, WOW! that poem is really awesome, and i only wish that when i wrote poems that the words could get lost in like that.