A world gone up in smoke

The match strikes the box

The flame is lit

The flame quivers, flickers, then grows

Shines brightly, glows, illuminates our world.

Quickly, too quickly, the flame travels up the match

Burning brightly, full of energy, yet vulnerable too

The flame reaches the end of the match, it smoulders.

Still I hold on to it.

My fingers are burned.

It hurts.

All that is left are a few wisps of vapour

And a world gone up in smoke.

 

 

Based on the prompt word ‘smoke’

mumturnedmom

24 Comments on A world gone up in smoke

  1. Verily Victoria Vocalises
    November 26, 2014 at 4:17 pm (6 years ago)

    Another beautiful piece of writing Leigh. The structure of the writing looks like half a flame to me. Thank you so much for linking to Prose for Thought 🙂 Hope to see you tomorrow xx

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    • Leigh Kendall
      November 26, 2014 at 5:45 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you. Someone else commented it looks the shape of a pregnant bump – any patterns are completely accidental, but it’s fascinating xxx

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  2. deskmonkeymummy
    November 17, 2014 at 10:40 am (6 years ago)

    Beautiful. So full of heartache. xxx

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    • Leigh Kendall
      November 17, 2014 at 1:23 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you. It’s one of those that just came out xxx

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  3. Hannah
    November 8, 2014 at 10:34 pm (6 years ago)

    Wonderfully written peice Leigh. So much emotion comes through in your words xx

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    • Leigh Kendall
      November 9, 2014 at 2:33 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you so much Hannah xxx

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  4. Tracey @ Mummyshire
    November 8, 2014 at 9:59 pm (6 years ago)

    This is so strong, provocative and really, really beautiful. Every word means so much, every word dripping with emotion. Beautifully expressed #ThePrompt

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    • Leigh Kendall
      November 9, 2014 at 2:33 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your kind words xxx

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  5. sophieblovett
    November 7, 2014 at 11:02 pm (6 years ago)

    A very poignant take on this week’s prompt – really beautifully done xx

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  6. Sara (@mumturnedmom)
    November 7, 2014 at 9:40 pm (6 years ago)

    This is really beautiful Leigh, so much meaning in these words, the emotion is expressed so wonderfully. Thank you so much for linking to #ThePrompt x

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    • Leigh Kendall
      November 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you Sara, I’m pleased it has had such a good response xx

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  7. Louise
    November 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm (6 years ago)

    A beautiful and heartbreaking poem Leigh – so much captured in such a short poem x

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  8. John Adams
    November 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm (6 years ago)

    So many ways to interpret this. Very captivating the way a match burns and you’ve written about it beautifully. #theprompt

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  9. pottymouthedmummy
    November 7, 2014 at 10:08 am (6 years ago)

    This is raw and wonderful. Lovely writing Leigh xx

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  10. maddy@writingbubble
    November 7, 2014 at 9:48 am (6 years ago)

    This is beautiful and heartbreaking. You have really captured the sense of joy that Hugo’s short life brought and the grief of losing him. Is the shape deliberate (It looks like a pregnancy in profile)? #theprompt

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    • Leigh Kendall
      November 7, 2014 at 10:27 am (6 years ago)

      Gosh, no re the shape – that’s completely accidental and I hadn’t even noticed! Thank you for your kind comment xxx

      Reply

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