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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 Jun. 20 2011 at 8:04 am
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I love the way you describe life.

on May. 26 2011 at 10:22 am
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Favorite Quote:
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"Everybody wants happiness, nobody wants pain, but you can't have a rainbow without a little rain."

This poem is really relatable...I know how that feels to go from being bright and happy to dark and sad.

on May. 1 2011 at 1:10 pm
PrettyLittleDarling SILVER, Taylorsville, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
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perfect is the way to describe this peiece


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on Apr. 16 2011 at 5:31 pm
Apeggy BRONZE, Albion, New York
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I think this poem describes everyones life at one point in time. Great wording, i love it!

on Apr. 15 2011 at 9:18 pm
little-miss-mistakes GOLD, Plano, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
even after all these years the sun has never said to the earth, you owe me... look at what a love like that can do, it can light up the sky

love this love this love love love this!!!! GREAT JOB!!!

on Apr. 15 2011 at 2:19 pm
thinkofsomethingbetter GOLD, Tallmadge, Ohio
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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(:

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on Apr. 15 2011 at 1:34 pm
GraceSanchez, Bronx, New York
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This poem is nicely written :D ilove it.

on Apr. 15 2011 at 12:56 pm
massiekur BRONZE, Huntington, West Virginia
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beautiful. it's the perfect comparison.

on Apr. 15 2011 at 12:36 pm
rubyrainstorm SILVER, Closter, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

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!

on Mar. 24 2011 at 8:15 pm
to.hold.the.sun SILVER, Maryville, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present." -John Green

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.

on Mar. 24 2011 at 7:37 pm
edgeofnight BRONZE, Buenos Aires, Other
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Favorite Quote:
“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. i'll always be with you.”


on Mar. 24 2011 at 6:40 pm
callie15 BRONZE, North Plains, Oregon
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"I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?"
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"No man with a good car needs to be justified!"
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did you, by any chance, read the author's comment about this poem? that might clear some things up for you...

on Mar. 24 2011 at 6:36 pm
callie15 BRONZE, North Plains, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
"I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?"
-Chuang Tzu

"No man with a good car needs to be justified!"
-Wise Blood

everyone pretty much said it. great job! brava!

on Mar. 24 2011 at 11:56 am
abstractminded GOLD, Beaumont, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
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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???

on Mar. 24 2011 at 7:34 am
this was a graet poem. it was awsome

on Mar. 6 2011 at 6:03 pm
lillypelt12 BRONZE, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
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Truly amazing! I can relate completly.

on Mar. 2 2011 at 8:40 am
ShelbyMarie93 PLATINUM, Lexington, Nebraska
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Favorite Quote:
"When Death to either shall come -- I pray it be first to me." ~Robert Bridges
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"Within you I lose myself; without you I find myself wanting to be lost again."

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Amazing work! And really nice metaphor too! You have great talent!

on Mar. 1 2011 at 1:12 am
bookdevourer101 BRONZE, Peoria, Arizona
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Amazing work! I abseloutely love it when poets can find such meaningful things in objects we as people normally don't take a second glance at. Beautiful words and descriptions.

on Feb. 9 2011 at 1:30 pm
Internal-Love PLATINUM, Queens, New York
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Nothing's black or white, its all just a shade of gray---

TI "Live your Life" ft Rihanna

i like reading poems. i liked reading this one. Words so simple, with a meaning behind it.


on Feb. 9 2011 at 11:31 am
springdance BRONZE, Hebron, New Hampshire
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Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.
Albert Einstein

I understand completely. Life is so unpredictable. Right now, I'm going through the darkness, without a candle to light my path. I hope that you keep writing and inspiring other people.