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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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This article has 293 comments.

kodaluv said...
on Feb. 13 2009 at 8:18 pm
i luved it, it was like the way i feel sometimes!!!

vampgirl1234 said...
on Feb. 13 2009 at 5:47 pm
Wow! i really enjoyed that. i actually could see where u came from and the use of ur words. and instead of just flat out telling me u used the candle flame. nice.

sharito91 said...
on Feb. 13 2009 at 5:24 am
Wow... this was GREAT!!! I totally understood where you were coming from, that's exactly how I feel somtimes... you have talent!

on Feb. 10 2009 at 3:14 am
I love it, it's real and honest, pure and raw. You have talent, and promise

jessica said...
on Feb. 8 2009 at 2:58 pm
First of all i would like to say i think you have amazing talent. i understood the meaning without it being so blunt and direct. using an object, a simple thing more people over look because it is so small and so many of them.

This poem is my favorite, i think i have ever read on here.

on Feb. 4 2009 at 11:18 pm
You're poem is the first I've read on this sight, I read, the name caught my attention. I wasn't dissapointed. It was great!

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on Feb. 4 2009 at 3:03 am
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HBCdance said...
on Feb. 3 2009 at 9:27 pm
I really loved this poem. The language, the metaphors, all of it. I really like watching candle flames grow and change, shrink and weaken, so I like loved reading another person's take on the subject. Great job!

on Feb. 2 2009 at 5:08 am
Wow, awesome, amazing, totally cool, lov it.

downdown said...
on Feb. 2 2009 at 2:52 am
this is soooo touching!!! youre amazing!!

tan-tan said...
on Feb. 1 2009 at 3:23 pm
it was a good poem but why did you write it

Nicki t. said...
on Jan. 29 2009 at 4:21 pm
awesome you are a talented poet with an different vibe of words

KaiKai said...
on Jan. 29 2009 at 1:22 pm
this poem is really good.... Inspiring and touching while not depressing... That is a thin line to walk and this poem rides it perfectly.