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Rated: ASR · Poetry · Emotional · #816278
If I were bold I'd let it burn...
Crisp in contrast with the night,
the sudden sulfur spark-
         A match ignited.

Flame kindled, quick and angry,
scuttles toward my fingers.

         If I were bold,
         I'd let it burn.

Instead I cower from the heat,
and force the fire's yellow brilliance
into the slow smolder of a cigarette.

Intricate, the curls and tendrils,
seeping from irritated cherry specks.
I watch my indignant valor
snake upward with the smoke.

I drag deeply on heavy fumes
and thick regret,
taking time to tap the soot
of resignation to the ground,
the only product of my silent blaze.

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