candle flame

a candle’s flame
a series of
zero density
a reckless chain
of water vapor
carbon dioxide
melted wax
less than
the component of
the candle itself
slowly destroying
its own form
for dire

my adoration carries the rapture of a thousand suns
at the core
the coal fire stokes
the steam powered heart
in a reactive embrace
yet i remain hollow as a candle flame
flickering tongue of fire
incandescent yet ultimately
inversely alveolar

writing i love you
in electron discharges
hidden in
the bonfire’s shadow

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