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The Fire Boy

Updated on January 4, 2013

The police report

Was quick and short,

It happened just before

The sun would retire,

He was fascinated with fire

It was a simple fact,

The impulse act

Of a wild child,

He played with matches,

The poor boy,

Body scorched,

House torched,

All their belongings,

Poured onto the porch,

Lost,

His desire for fire,

Came at such a high cost.

© 2013 Frank Atanacio

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks duffsmom :)

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Wow. Loved this.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much Eddy :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you once again Frank for sharing another of your priceless creations.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

      You're welcome.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      lol thanks Phoebe :)

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      Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

      I came for my daily dose of Frank and I was not disappointed. Another freakin' awesome hub. How do you do it!?

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks acae and mckbirdbks for stopping by :)

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      This sparked a kindling of memories. Interesting tale.

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      Wow what a brilliant piece of work.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Femme, Justasksusan. Til and Brayonmoore for stopping by

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      Braydon Moore 4 years ago from Canada

      great work with perfect picture.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Its amazing how you make the macabre so interesting to read! As always Frank this was a great read and very to the point.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This could have been me. When I was 14 I lit some candles and forgot about them. I wasn't playing with fire but all or our belongings and the contents of our apartment were gone. Luckily no one was hurt or injured. Your poem sure stirred up some memories.

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      femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

      Frank,

      Interesting, and sad.

      I've had an acute fascination with fire since I was a kid.

      Thankfully, I am equally fascinated with water. ;)

      femme

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Caroline and DDE

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting and good!

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      Caroline Marie 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Amazing and creepy Frank. LOL. Well done.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      wow thats sad Vin :(

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Recently I read in local newspaper that a boy wanted to light fire to warm his hand but unfortunately burnt his body.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks Alastar for visiting with my Fire boy

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      it sure did come at a high cost. some of us got lucky playing with fire as little boys, and some passed over to those burning flames and never played again, at anything. Yout short stark poem, about says it all bro.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Gypsy and Audrey LOL the quick forms are easy LOL :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Great write! I see you are liking the shorter forms??

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      It is sad when parents don't warn children or when they can get a hold of matches. Frightening too. Great poem says it all so well.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      and thank you for sharing your match tales too Lady.. bless you :) Frank

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hmmm its amazing what a little strike of a match can do, just last week i saw a little girl hiding playing with matches and i shout out to her don't play with matches. I guess all kids do because they don't know the danger behind it.

      I remember some years ago a little boy about four years old burned his dad's house down. He lit the matches and it burn his finger and he flung it and it caught the mattress afire. Lucky he was smart to run out of the house.

      Thanks for sharing this quick short message

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Faith :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I will never understand this obsession, and your poem captures it all so vividly.

      Great write.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Rosemay for everything hope you enjoy crossovers :) blossoms Happy new year and thanks for the visit.. Valleypoet alays good to see you my friend ... and Marlene I love that you like it :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Excellently written. I don't know you can put such imagery and detail into such a short piece, but you do it time and time again. Not just a poet but a 'wordsmith'

      A sad tale, curiousity with fire can certainly lead to devastation. My son once lit a mosquito coil and hid it under a cushion when he heard me coming. Good job I smelled the smoke.

      I just downloaded 'Cross Over Murders so looking forward to reading that over the next few days.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Succinctly put in a few words, but what an excellent warning. We are now in our bushfire season and already there have been arsonists at work.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Another slice of harsh reality to start the New Year...well crafted and described in just a few words..Thank you Frank:-))

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      I like the title The Fire Boy.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Marlene :) aka Lovedoctor :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      This is really good Frank. Imagery intensifies the impact of the poet's words as he shows us rather than tells. His desire for fire came at a high cost.. Don't play with fire or you will get burned! Voting up!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      LOL Storytellerus.. you need not wonder it's all fiction..:) and thank you tobusiness for popping by :) bless you guys

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      Barbara 4 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Frank, sometimes I wonder what inspires you. (As you know, my hubs tend to be based on some personal experience.) Did you read something that made you think about this boy, i.e., is he real? Or is it a metaphor you have been playing with, as Debbie indicates- playing with fire, you will get burned? I don't really need you to answer; you are the poet, after all. It is for the poet to shape and the reader to experience, and all that... Sometimes I read your work and wonder, is all. Hugs!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Such a pity we have to get our fingers burned before we can learn. Apparently, there are many people who are fascinated by fire, and love to watch things burn. Not much fun when they are the ones on fire.

      Another interesting tale, told in so few words.

      Have a lovely week end.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you for stopping by DGH, Moms- Secret.. hmmm.. Lol Jackie Lathing and Our Ms Brooks.. Happy holidays to you all

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Yep, there are lot of those little boys who love to play with fire..... You painted the consequences quite vividly! Wonderfully written, voting up and awesome!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have certainly read books of people like this. Hard to imagine the obsession. You said it well. ^

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Frank.. oh my play with fire you are going to get burned.. and sometimes die....great poem

      nice to see you

      Debbie

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      Lissette 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Pyros! You found the perfect picture too! You know I'm into that... (excited grin)

      Awesome.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Nice work. You have so nicely projected the inquisitive nature of the child with a tragic and emotional reality. Many thanks for sharing this one. Votes up and I am sharing too.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks justateacher for stopping by and you too Mhatter..:) Happy New Year to you guys

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this great poem.

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      This one reminds me of a former student...he had a weird fascination with fires and set fire to his bedroom...luckily he and his family were not hurt....great writing!