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I have blown out the flame of my lover. By the breath of hurtful words, his flame for me was extinguished. He has much fuel left, and much burning to do, but maybe not for me. How many matches do I have left to relight his flame? One? Two? Maybe none at all. So, now I stand, looking at the smoke trailing off his wick, his soul, and must decide my next step. Do I try to ignite him again? Do I take the chance of smothering him again and selfishly hoarding his light and warmth for myself? Or do I try to ignite him again, only to step back to give him the space and the oxygen he needs to burn free? Before I do anything, before I strike what might be my last match, I must learn how to care for his flame, his warmth, his light, that burns not just for me but for life, and be sure that I am worthy of being one of many caretakers of his life-fire. I do not want to lose his light, but I must be still in the dark in order to appreciate his light and to not take it for granted. I must find within myself the confidence to share his warmth with the world, knowing that I will still have, at the very least, the outer circle of his light, and in times of need, I know his warmth will come close to comfort me in my dark and cold times. But I must learn how not to get too close, for fear of being burned or smothering out the flame that burns within my lover.

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The following comments are for "My Lover's Flame"
by leftylink

Ask not for whom the flame burns...
The building is not built for those that dwell inside
Nor do authors write for many readers to abide

No selfless act of giving ever calmed his strife
Nor unrequited love make whole the creator of life

For only the fruit of love's sure return
Can justify why the fire does still burn

Ask the architect and author and you will see clear
That which only you can start burns only for you, my dear.


your flame

( Posted by: Tamir [Member] On: October 9, 2006 )

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