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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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Gigantron GOLD said...
on Feb. 8 2011 at 2:42 pm
Gigantron GOLD, Somewhere, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority (imposed dogma, faith), [as opposed to] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works."

-Stephen Hawking

I like this poem because it pertains to fire.

I like fire. 

on Feb. 8 2011 at 10:56 am
HisPurePrincess ELITE, Flemington, New Jersey
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really very true, and well put.  it could have been stronger, but nice job.

on Jan. 17 2011 at 7:40 pm
fragileblackorchid SILVER, Houston, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy... and I keep it in a jar on my desk.
-Stephen King :P
The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool.
-Stephen King
Now that we're here,
It's so far away
All the struggle we thought was in vain
All the mistakes,
One life contained
They all finally start to go away
Now that we're here its so far away
And I feel like I can face the day
I can forgive and I’m not ashamed to be the person that I am today

wow i can totally understand this, and i also love fire for some reason lolz, thnx for writing this

on Jan. 17 2011 at 2:52 pm
theMidnightSonnet BRONZE, Colton, California
4 articles 2 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
"How happy is the blameless vestal's lot
The world forgetting by the world forgot
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd"

This is stunning. I haven't read anything this good in a real. Its so beautiful and powerful. Fantastic imagery. You are so talented, never stop writing.

on Jan. 17 2011 at 2:51 am
TheeKatieBug BRONZE, Escondido, California
2 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I Promise myself to fight for what I want, to get what I need, to have love for whomever, and to be forever free."

Beautiful poem.<3

asofnow GOLD said...
on Dec. 4 2010 at 11:15 pm
asofnow GOLD, Troy, Michigan
18 articles 0 photos 209 comments

Favorite Quote:
Nothing gold can stay ~ Robert Frost

can u read mine n give me feedbak?


dorathy GOLD said...
on Dec. 4 2010 at 7:15 pm
dorathy GOLD, Aroura, Colorado
10 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
"only god can judge me"

this poem is really great i hope to see more of you..this was great=)

on Dec. 4 2010 at 7:05 pm
Wonderful job! Just keep writing and never give up! I can't wait to see your poems and works in bookstores one day!

on Dec. 4 2010 at 7:34 am
My_ImmortalGuardian BRONZE, Muscatine, Iowa
2 articles 0 photos 1 comment
I think it's really good.  Kind of like what I write...but you obviously have moroe experience.

MRose911 GOLD said...
on Nov. 12 2010 at 4:56 pm
MRose911 GOLD, Paradise, Utah
17 articles 10 photos 107 comments

Favorite Quote:
"No boy is worth crying over and the one who is won't make you cry." - Sarah Kane

This is so amazing and metaphorical! I love it! :) Please check out my work if you get the chance!

on Nov. 12 2010 at 10:44 am
xEmmiiix BRONZE, East Meadow, New York
2 articles 0 photos 35 comments
What a great poem!!! I Love it!

on Nov. 1 2010 at 1:36 pm
fatesknocking GOLD, Solon, Ohio
15 articles 0 photos 22 comments

Favorite Quote:
Prayers go up and blessings come down.

such great imagery and metaphors.

on Oct. 29 2010 at 6:31 pm
sunnyhunny PLATINUM, Litchfield, New Hampshire
22 articles 3 photos 329 comments

Favorite Quote:
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

Wow, I really like this!  Great metaphor.  My favortie part is the one about stepping over the great divide.

koushik SILVER said...
on Oct. 22 2010 at 6:26 am
koushik SILVER, Hyderabad, Other
5 articles 12 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
A thing of beauty is a joy forever... it never dies

hey i agree with writergirl123...

pen down wat ur heart says...

ur work in more natural... i lyk it

on Oct. 21 2010 at 5:46 pm
writergirl13 GOLD, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
11 articles 8 photos 261 comments

Favorite Quote:
All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.
Ambrose Bierce

I think everyone's life is like that: first you're happy and everything is going great, and then it just does a 180. Don't worry about people judging you- just write from the heart and write what comes to mind. As for your writing itself, what can I say? Keep writing like that and you'll get far in your writing career.

Phoenixx GOLD said...
on Oct. 21 2010 at 5:28 pm
Phoenixx GOLD, Toronto, Other
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I don't think it has 100% to do with it being unique. Some people may also want something to relate to. i guess its 50 50. 

I feel sorta dumb jumping into a conversation, but oh well.

on Oct. 21 2010 at 10:33 am
livsinthecity SILVER, Toronto, Ontario
6 articles 13 photos 40 comments

Favorite Quote:
Love means never having to say you are sorry.
-Erich Segal (in Love Story)

yep..same with me! my life too is totally like that

on Oct. 12 2010 at 5:19 pm
JiUrSiTs BRONZE, Mesa, Arizona
4 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
Don't exspect life to happen
Just hope it does- me!!

Don't be shocked that people die
be surprised you're still alive- Flyleaf's 'Cassie'

What color would you color your black and white world?

this is beautiful work

I for one can relate to this

on Sep. 29 2010 at 9:22 pm
AshenRose SILVER, Branson, Missouri
7 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life may bend to my control, but Love I cannot kill."

THis poem was so eloquent and lovely! Great job.

kay.marie said...
on Sep. 7 2010 at 4:31 pm
kay.marie, Towaoc, Colorado
0 articles 0 photos 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
*"Keep your head up and reach for the stars don't let no one get you down, you know who you are."-Mr.Capone-E*

*The obstacles we face in life aren't what make hard, it's how you choose to look at and deal with them.*

this piece was amazing! keep writing i know exactly how you feel and advise you to cherish the time when life is bright and learn from the times the candle goes out. just know : you can always find a way to re-light the flame.