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The Flame

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The Flame

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

APOLOGUE
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...

EPILOGUE
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: 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 written...you 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.

    Stein Avatar Thvia Stein 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!

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 12:21:00 PM

    Terry; This is aone great piece of poetry. Thanks for sharing this with us today. Many blessings. Lucilla

  1. Date: 1/5/2013 11:19:00 AM

    Holy cow, this is amazing. I love the witches clucked and cackled line. This is going in my favorites, naturally

  1. Date: 1/4/2013 9:04:00 AM

    This work has twists and turns that were most unexpected. I found it to be a pleasurable and exciting read as I was looking forward to each stanza. It is a skilled combination of language arts and wit. (Can you tell I'm impressed?). This is a quality piece worthy of considerable recognition.

  1. Date: 1/3/2013 7:28:00 PM

    Terry, you did a fantastic job with this poem -- the lines flow smoothly towards the epilogue....and wot an epilogue it is, highlighting our human greatness(not). Blessings towards a prosperous, positive and healthy 2013~!

  1. Date: 1/2/2013 8:41:00 AM

    check your e-mail

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 5:04:00 PM

    great flow n rhyme, happy new year time, well done here mate...

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 2:39:00 PM

    awesome and thoughtful write here, Terry. Happy New Year to you – sorry I’ve been away from Soup for so long (my wife recently left me for someone else). Congrats on all your wins, my friend : )

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 10:54:00 AM

    This is great how you describe the events of a forest fire and then finish off with the sad epilogue. Very fitting that it ends up a city. Where will it all end??

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 5:10:00 PM

    wonderful write Terry,love the journey,pro,apo,epi,great Terry,great,happy new year bro

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 9:41:00 AM

    AWESOME. I'm faving this one.

  1. Date: 12/30/2012 12:45:00 PM

    Excellent poetry from you Terry!Happy New Year to you.

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