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The Flame

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jbouder
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The Flame

by James N. Bouder

Like an empty hearth, my soul was cold and desolate when you found me,
Poor and needy, eyes blinded to my own heart's poverty.
But your love ignited the kindling of my heart; kindling I did not even know was there.
From a spark, a flame, from a flame, a roaring fire.

My words are like the ashes rising from the blaze, cast to the heavens,
Bearing witness to the fire that rages below like circling Seraphs,
Burning bright for a moment, only to disappear from sight, carried off by the four winds.
Yes, my words are like the ashes rising from that blaze.

No longer needy, no longer poor, no longer dark, no longer desolate, only hungry.
The same flames that give light and warmth also consume me.
I long for more of your love, fearing the day when these bright flames become cold embers.
Against that day my spirit desperately strives.

Who would turn from the fire and return to the empty hearth? I will not. I cannot.
Though your flame may be as distant as the stars above, by it I am warmed.
Though the clouds obscure its light, by it I see as clearly as if it was mid-day.
May my love be your warmth and your light.

for j

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Jim
© Copyright 1999 Jim Bouder - All Rights Reserved
Stefanie71
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1 posted 09-18-99 08:41 AM       View Profile for Stefanie71   Email Stefanie71   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Stefanie71

very heartfelt. i enjoyed your poem. It is very good.
caroline
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2 posted 09-18-99 12:24 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Truly beautiful in its honesty. I loved reading this.

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jewl
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3 posted 09-20-1999 10:25 PM       View Profile for jewl   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for jewl

I am a very lucky woman...you are truly gifted...I am blessed to have you in my life.
I love you
Beki
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4 posted 09-20-1999 10:28 PM       View Profile for Beki   Email Beki   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Beki

Very nice..:-) but need to say, embers are not cold, they just lie quietly smoldering till something, or someone, fans them into flames again. :-)
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5 posted 09-21-1999 03:02 PM       View Profile for jewl   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for jewl

You have touched my heart and kissed my soul..I felt you in every word..
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6 posted 09-21-1999 03:33 PM       View Profile for melony   Email melony   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for melony

jim, my thoughts on your poetry are very mixed...they are wonderfully emotional...and would like to see more of your fine work
Pepper
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James I really enjoyed the read....good work.....

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