Parasite: Poem

With roars, crackles and pops

it dances unevenly

casting an orange glow

tinged with blue.

Consuming its prey

in a

suicidal rage

before settling into coals

dying

and leaving behind

only ash.





all rights reserved. Copyright Justin W. Price November 25, 2011.

My poetry collection

Thanks for Reading.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks you Fennelseed. I never had either... but the thought came to me when I was watching fire. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

I have never thought of fire like this but your words pretty much sum it up. It is a kamikaze destroyer, without a doubt. Great poem, I like!!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks so much, Savanah, for the kind words.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Till, thanks a bunch. I'm glad you enjoyed this. this piece is also available on my blog: http://pdxjpricefirstblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/par...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Cyndi, thanks. I thought that was apt as well. I do love fire. It's fascinating


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks so much, Kimmi. I do love me some Johnny Cash!


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savanahl 4 years ago

Very nice comparison of fire to a parasite. What a mesmerizing poem. I love it.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

It's amazing how so few words can evoke so much thought! I agree with Will Star completely. Nice job as always PDX. Voted up and SHARED.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Watching fire is hypnotic. Your poem captures the fire's essence. Like most parasites, it destroys the host, and eventually, itself. Well done.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Very creative Justin...like the old song goes, "I fell in to a buring ring of fire...and it burns burns burns." :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

audrey, that's quite the compliment coming from the queen of short forms!

Fullerman, thanks. it's nice to see you. I need to mosey on over your way, I spose


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Fullerman5000 4 years ago from Louisiana, USA

great work as always. great description as well. keep them coming man.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Lovely job on this Justin--you do the short forms so well!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks, Alicia. I've always found fire to be very fascinating!


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I like the colorful and powerful imagery in this poem, PDXKaraokeGuy!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you creativeone. I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thank you for stopping by!


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank for a very interesting hub, keep up the good work. Godspeed. creativeone59


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Much appreciated, daydreamer!


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daydreamer13 5 years ago

Well done! Voted up!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you, Joy. I appreciate the comment!


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jesusmyjoy 5 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

wonderful


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Ardie, my wife uses battery operated candles. What kind fo silliness is that?

Goego, thanks so much for stopping by!


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goego 5 years ago from Loserland

nice write


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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland

Pyro, stupid same difference right?! Amazingly I wont even light a candle now :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

wow, Stessily. That is an absolutely amazing compliment. Those are all brilliant poems and poets. I'm flabbergasted and flattered. I will treasure that compliment always!

Jesusismyjoy, thank you very much. I'm happy you enjoyed reading this poem!


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jesusmyjoy 5 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

wonderful post


stessily 5 years ago

PDX, this poem is absolutely captivating, and it is pure perfection: each word, the arrangement of the lines, the powerful imagery. It has been on my mind ever since I read it before Thanksgiving; I highly recommended it to my sis Der, and as you can see from her comments/compliments she was likewise impressed. I would have to say that this concise poem is one of my all-time favorites; it keeps company in my poetic treasury with long-time favorites which include "All along the Watchtower," certain poems by Lord Byron and William Butler Yeats, psalm 23, certain sentences by Leonardo da Vinci, etc. That's how exceptional it is! All the votes.

Thank you for sharing your distinctive way of seeing and expressing life.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you, Twin. I do love a good bonfire!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

I like the images you use in this poem. Felt like I was sitting at a bonfire reading this. Hit many a button here.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Cebu- thanks for reading and commenting!

Jen- I like to have fun with my titles!

Gypsy- thanks. It just all came to me in a flash.

Breakfastpop- Thank you!

Cheryl- thank you. I'm glad you see that. That's what I was trying to portray!

Jfay- thanks! Ticks are nasty critters!

Always- Always :-)

Richard- that seems like quite the task. perhaps I'll give it a try!

Peggy- Thank you! No analogy is perfect and of course I left out the parts about fire giving off heat and being used for healing. I just wanted to focus on it's destructive power. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Mathira- Thanks!

Ardie- I was quite the little pyro as a child. Sounds like maybe you were too?

Der- thanks so much for the compliment and the thoughtful response. much appreciated. Always nice to see you!

Sue- thank you kindly, so much!


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi PDX

Amazing imagery of fire.

Voted up and alarmingly good. :-)

Have a good evening.


Derdriu 5 years ago

PDXKaraoke Guy: What a concise, imaginative, precise depiction of fire! Drama permeates every word, thought, image and beat.

Thank you for sharing such a magnificent poem, voted up, etc.,

Derdriu


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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland

This poem reminds me of throwing a can of starter fluid on a fire when I was a kid - that thing quickly became parasitic AND suicidal


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mathira 5 years ago from chennai

Short but effectively brought about the mood.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

"With roars, crackles and pops"...fire consumes things more rapidly than most parasites...but good analogy. Powerful images in these few words!


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RichardSpeaks 5 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

Good one. And since ash can actually be quite useful, there's another poem for your skills to produce...


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Very nice, I love watching a campfire consume then turn to ash. Did you roast marshmallows?


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jfay2011 5 years ago

Interesting take on fire. I was thinking of the other parasites and was thinking of ticks too. Deer season is bad for ticks this year.


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cherylone 5 years ago from Connecticut

I like this one. It really takes on the aspects of fire.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Very powerful piece of writing. Up and awesome!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Works for me. I love campfires and bonfires and fires in fireplaces during cold winters. I like the way you worded this.


jenubouka 5 years ago

I was thinking of something else when I saw the title. Was an incredible synopsis between the two words.


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cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

Short yet manage to hit the right spot. Parasite always get something yet give nothing in return :D


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

you're welcome...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Rosemay, thank you. Writing is busy work, it's also satisfying. Sometimes being away for awhile helps put things in perspective.

Will, I hadn't either, but, then it occurred to me that it kills it's host, and needs it's host to live. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Racinwa- me too! Thanks for reading and commenting. Always nice to see you!


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

so short but forceful...i don't like parasites either...


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Never thought of fire as parasitical, but it does consume and destroy the host.

Hmm.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Oh I do like this one. You were busy on your break away

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