candle flame

empty
hollow
a candle’s flame
a series of
conical
reactions
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
chemistries

my adoration carries the rapture of a thousand suns
molten
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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