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The Dangers and Beauty of Fire (Prose & Poetry)

Updated on April 11, 2020
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Missy is a unique writer who enjoys inviting her readers into her thoughts through her poetry and other topics of discussion.  


Sudden Danger Flames

I wrote this poem after sitting in front of a fire and realizing that the mesmerizing flame had a lot of inspiration burning in it. It had romance; it had an attachment with the devil and hell; it had a danger sign on it, and it also had a magical balance to its flame.

While watching the pretty flames that were changing colors of a deep red orange and blue, I was remembering, at one point, the dangerous side that fire possessed. Back in, I believe 2010, while home alone with my son, who was a baby at the time, I came out of my bedroom from checking on him as he was sleeping, then walked to the kitchen where a flame had caught on the stove and was engulfing that corner of the room. It reached all the way up to the ceiling, and I knew that I would not be able to control it, nor did I have time. So, I grabbed the phone and my baby boy and headed outside where I called the fire department while I watched the black smoke pour out of our chimney. I could not believe what was happening, I just knew that everything was gone, even my little puppy we had just gotten that I, out of panic, forgot was in the back room. Thankfully, our local fire department were fast responders and could get my puppy and contain the fire that they said was almost gone by the time they entered our home. The house was pitch black with soot, and the kitchen was destroyed, but by the grace of god, the flames had gone almost completely out. I think the firefighters were as shocked as I was. Needless to say, I learned my lesson about the danger of the fiery flame. Fires scare me a bit now. I don’t try to get too close to them.

The Flame Has Spirit Power

However, I cannot deny the beauty of fire, and the magic it possesses. Then I realized my captivation with it could be linked as far back as my Cherokee ancestry. The famous bonfire dances and chants to the spirits. I mean, maybe it’s far fetched, but I have this deep feeling inside of me that if I were to light a bonfire, and put on war make-up, I would know how to do chant and bounce around the flame. After all, my great-grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee. Her name was Harley Texas. Which to me never sounded like an Indian name, until you hear that her parents named her and all her sisters after states. I guess that makes Indian sense. Believe me, she was an Indian. When she got sick, and knew she would die, she tried to build one of those pretty fires in the middle of the den floor and do her chants. It was a scary but funny story. This poem I would also like to dedicate to her and her son, my grandfather, he had so much Indian pride. I was his papoose (baby indian). Yes, that was my nickname from him. I wasn’t always a blonde. Surprised??

A Dancing Devil

Hell's Flames

Don’t we all have this image of how hell would be? I thought about Hell as well, and how frightening it must be burning eternally in those deep red flames. I could almost see the devil dance, and that was a lot of inspiration for this poem also. I made reference to how a flame could burn at the touch. We all know it could do so much more damage than that though. Going back to my kitchen catching on fire, I always shudder to think what could have happened if we didn’t make it out. We could have died or we could have survived with terrible burns that scarred us for life. I don’t even like to think about it, and I do see the devil in the flames when I think of how so many have suffered this way.

Do not miss this version of the song "Ring of Fire"

Beautiful and Romantic Flames

Finally, there can be extreme beauty and romance in those flames; blankets by the fire with the love of your life, a bottle of wine and a glow dancing in each other's eyes, the warmth of the flames and just enjoying the love two people share. That is another reason to see beauty in the flame.

So, the day I thought of this poem was one of those days of deep thinking for me. This time my extensive thoughts were on the good and bad of something that to me in that moment seemed very beautiful with its warmth and color. The complexity of fire was my inspiration for the poem. I hope you like it.


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Beautiful Fire Meditation


The Devil's Dance

Both scared and

mesmerized by

the devil’s dance…

I watch as wild

embers burn and

tease romance.

No mercy does the

flames give out…

if you touch them,

you may scream

and shout.

Eyes that radiate

the color glow…

blue and orange

intertwined just


A most lovely display

of warmth and


a most dangerous

burn if you fall

in it.

The flames reach

up into the sky…

they dance on the


they throw sparkle

with the stars.

Then lower and lower

the dance gets


the devil sways

small; the moon

shines on…

illuminating up

high from heaven’s


The devil still burns

deep under ash…,

but the devil will

not dance again

this night.

Instead, he finally

fades out turning

to black…

burying himself

within the Earth’s


© 2016 Missy Smith


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