The ash and smoke were twisted together like rope;
It choked my neck as I watched the fire’s dance.
Her tongue of flames licked my quivering throat,
As I became frozen in time within a burning trance.

I remember her lips saying that they loved me the most,
But every searing kiss left me bleeding and scorched.
My eyes couldn’t look away, for I was bound to her post,
As my skin, she did slash, and this soul of mine torched.

I am gone; my body enveloped by her savage embrace.
The ghost of my cries above the heavens still raise
She even defiled my lifeless corpse by taking its face.
And in exchange for my starving heart, she set me ablaze.  
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Written on April 18, 2023

Submitted by Hardenburg on April 18, 2023

Modified on May 02, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic heptameter
Characters 652
Words 134
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4

Discuss the poem Ablaze with the community...

  • lovingempath
    OK Cameron...pretty vivid imagery. I think I was strapped to that stake burning alongside of you. I never did like that feeling, but your ability to bring it to life poetically is worth praise.:)
    LikeReply1 year ago
    • Hardenburg
      Thank you, God knows I'm burning today.
      LikeReply 11 year ago
    • lovingempath
      A cold shower works wonders :).
      LikeReply1 year ago
    • Hardenburg
      Thanks for the advice, I think I will take a cold shower. :)
      LikeReply 11 year ago
    • lovingempath
      LikeReply1 year ago
  • Kaytee
    Cameron this poem is amazing. I love the line "I remember her lips saying that they loved me the most,
    But every searing kiss left me bleeding and scorched." The poem is so descriptive of that love that torches us. Amazing! 
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • Hardenburg
      Thanks, I really appreciate the complement Kaytee!
      LikeReply1 year ago
  • Hardenburg
    Hey everybody, Iv'e been experiencing some issues with not being able to see the comments people have been posting. I believe it has something to do with me editing the poems after publication, So If I haven't responded to your comment, that is likely the reason. However, for the poems that I haven't edited after publication, the comment section appears to work as usual. So with that in mind, I'll try to avoid editing after publication in the future. Thank you for understanding! 
    LikeReply 11 year ago


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