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The Flame

The Flame, aflicker, licks and flays,
illuming evening’s negligees
With braided curls she swirls and sways,
and flits and floats in light ballets

A Flame, to conquer creeping fog,
flew dancing towards a random log
Her flight perplexed a leery frog
beside a silent somber bog

The Flame, a ripple, all alone
alit on leaves where birds had flown
The aching twigs began to moan
A rising breeze began to groan

The Flame arrayed an ancient oak 
with torrid tongues and veils of smoke
A beaver bailed, the dam had broke
The leery frog soon ceased to croak

The Flame uncoiled and lashed midair
and cauterized with utmost care
A cold coyote fled her lair,
left trapped behind... a torpid bear

The Flame, unfurled, went wild and grew,
enkindled cats and caribou
Remaining... not a residue,
as reeking vapors bade adieu

The Flame revealed her strength unshackled
Flora, fauna crisped and crackled
Fire Witches clucked and cackled
One more forest stripped and hackled...

The arsonists were well aware
the Flame would travel everywhere...
The weirs are gone, the land is bare,
and soon you’ll find a city there

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  1. Date: 12/3/2014 5:22:00 AM
    Arson & the making of a city! I keep on coming back to this poem.

  1. Date: 11/27/2013 1:09:00 AM
    Terry, Thank you for spreading and sharing your kindness. You know me I’ will always enjoy stopping by with love and support, no matter if I do not Understand what I am reading at times. I am very grateful and thankful to all who have been supportive of me one way or another. Your heartfelt words are the main attraction of who you are… Thanks for your inspiring visit. ----- Happy Thanksgiving ~ LINDA

  1. Date: 11/4/2013 10:51:00 AM
    Beautiful imagery, great story here, loved this beautiful poetry to get my day going.

  1. Date: 8/21/2013 10:04:00 PM
    'Amazing piece,well are extremely talented'

  1. Date: 3/29/2013 6:42:00 AM
    As always, it's a joy to read you out loud, Terry. Mouth satisfaction guaranteed. Progression of this piece to conclusion is as swift as the burn of the metaphorical cleansing.

  1. Date: 3/25/2013 7:33:00 PM
    As usual very well composed. With life's bitter lemons often lemonaid is made. Huggs TLee

  1. Date: 3/1/2013 11:58:00 PM
    Powerfully written tale of a dirty deed.

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 8:22:00 AM
    This is a very wonderfull well written poem, Terry, featuring a perfect and expert use of monorhyme in it, and telling such fascinating tale as well. Carl.

  1. Date: 1/18/2013 12:27:00 PM
    it always feel great to read your poems Terry

  1. Date: 1/18/2013 3:59:00 AM
    I remember reading this and enjoying it immensely. I thought I had commented on it but re-reading it I saw that I hadn't. Great poem Terry.

  1. Date: 1/16/2013 9:14:00 AM
    This is an absolutely wonderful write and joy to read. I was drawn along by the creative rhymes and fantastic imagery. Well done my friend, bravo. I love the classic feel of it as well.

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    Date: 1/16/2013 9:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    also, favorited
  1. Date: 1/14/2013 1:12:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading this poem. It's brilliant, awesome, splendid, magnificent,...Best wishes, Larisa

  1. Date: 1/13/2013 8:32:00 AM
    Terry back for a re-read of this gem, time you posted another ....David

  1. Date: 1/12/2013 2:00:00 PM
    Always an epic event with such tragic results; wildlife lost and timber that took how long to grow? I contemplate the event reading this and admire your consummate ability to weave the magic so it has just the right amount of truth to hit squarely home. I am impressed!

  1. Date: 1/11/2013 3:38:00 PM
    Wow a bang up job..I wrote a simiar one Meadow's Sigh I enjoyed your write this evening. Light & Love

  1. Date: 1/10/2013 9:26:00 PM
    this gives me a vivid picture of a forest fire.. I could share this with my kids too.nice rhyme.

  1. Date: 1/10/2013 8:38:00 AM
    Terry - Did Christmas eat you up or are you working hard at some new masterpiece these past weeks? Everything okay? love, Kathy

  1. Date: 1/7/2013 3:08:00 PM
    Just take all the kudos not yet sent and consider them yours.... Great write, my friend, truly award winning material..... Jake

  1. Date: 1/7/2013 11:41:00 AM
    Hi Terrythis is brilliant, happy new year to you, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 1/7/2013 1:09:00 AM
    Amazing! Wonderful!