Fire Starter

photo by {platinum} on flickr   http://www.flickr.com/photos/platinum/
photo by {platinum} on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/platinum/

I should not be allowed to play with matches

Look what I have done

An innocent playful repartee

Ignited into something more

Sparks felt and shrugged off

Such a raging inferno unforeseen

A subtle warming my intent 

Now your fiery passion frightens 

And yet intrigues 

I can not look away 

I can not step in

Lest I be wholly consumed 

And lose all sense

When the fire dims as they all do

Is the debt of the lost forest mine to pay

And when the fuel is finally spent 

Will cold exhausted ash remain

Or will forever  

Warm embers smile


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

I think the warm embers will smile!


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Wow, you're quick Gypsy! Thanks for commenting. :)


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trooper22 7 years ago from Chicago

I wish embers for you :)


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Sweet Trooper, sounds like a valentine. Well, a valentine nobody but me would understand. lol.


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trooper22 7 years ago from Chicago

It is only that needs to understand.  Let others worry about the mystery :)


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I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s 7 years ago

I think warm embers can smile forever, Randy.

Forests' blaze, passions play, and in between lays the beautiful flowers of reason. ; )


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Trooper, :)

Invictus, Is that from a poem of yours or on the spot? Its lovely!


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trooper22 7 years ago from Chicago

bah!...I hate seeing typoes after the edit doodad fades....it should be; It is only YOU that needs to understand.


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I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s 7 years ago

It just came to me while reading you poem! : )


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Trooper I knew what you meant. The real truth behind any of my poems is usually only understood by me.

You ooze poetry Invictus. Although in my case, flowers of reason can't even seem to grow in the same town when I'm impassioned. ;)


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I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s 7 years ago

That's when you start packin'!! lol ; )


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

This is ember-assing. You know I have a problem with fire.

Seriously, this is very nice. Your recent triumph has unblocked the poetress. What wonderful imagery and feeling. It's hot!


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Ya, you shouldn't play with matches either!

I hope your right Chris. I still have a half a dozen unfinished poems on my desktop.


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

Randy, another beauty. Is this an addition to your wonderful pictures? This is an awesome follow. Keep the flames burnin'!


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks AIDY. I didn't take this photo, if thats what you're asking. Its from flickr. I started the poem weeks ago when my writers block set in. I think I got my groove back now though. I have another ready to publish tomorrow.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago

This is "where the fire forever burns". Nice poem Randy.


ralwus 7 years ago

Methinks you are realted to Chris R. m'dear. He is a fire nut too, or was in his youth. LOL Nice poetry


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

too late now if you have already set the flame alight, I suppose it really depends if you want to put it out.....   Ah what am i talking about it is only a poem, good one though all the same..... I say don't worry


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Shamel, I'm glad you like it!

Ralwus, ya we'd be a lethal pair Chris and I. Couple of pyromaniacs.

Ya Brenda, its only a poem :) But the premise is true. Feminine wiles can be a potent thing.


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

Randy, they keep getting better and better!!


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks LM, I'm glad you think so. I bet you've started a few fires :)


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MellasViews 7 years ago from Earth

Lovely poem Randy. I too get those bouts of writers block... then I just do shameless marketing. In hopes that people will buy my amazon crap. lol. : )


Miss Take 7 years ago

wow this is such a good poem ..... i like the picture too


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks for reading Miss Take!

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