NaPoWriMo

DAY 12- Shadow Flames

April 15, 2019

Well okay, I know this is day fifteen and not 12, but I gotta catch up with what I missed all right?

The prompt given by the official NaPoWriMo site: A poem about what it would mean to you to give away or destroy a significant object.

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SHADOW FLAMES

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Coal embers I discry in the shadows

Where flickering flames once raged.

Fire – it’s fleeting, born to die one day.

But is that why the room is sweating ice now?


Shattered embers, wombful of energy still,

Look up and moan, feebly screaming out red heat

But oh no, that doesn’t expel the darkness enough.

Then why was the fire doused ‘fore it was fated to die?

The embers are young still, yearning to live.


Have you ever asked a thinker,

How it feels to walk the alleys of the mind,

Searching to unveil something from the hall of veils?

He will tell you it’s a dark and lonely seeking.

He will tell you that its darkness that teaches;

The walk through shadowed veils that reveals.

He will tell you that doused flames will ignite answers.


That is perhaps why it was okay to destroy the flames

With so much life so dearly loved still trapped within.

Because the elusive dance of mutating shadows

Teaches you that all flickers – the warmth of the flame too.

Then why do you fight, living in yearning for what will die?


The walls of destiny can’t be fought,

You’ll bruise your knuckles blue with despair.

Perhaps that’s why I doused the raging flames-

So as to learn to let go – and accept- that life is a shadow.

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I am inviting you all to join me in this venture. Use the prompt given above to craft your own verses.
And oh, be sure to tag me.

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#NaPoWriMo

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© 2019 Sahana Narendran

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