In Fire

by Frank   Aug 30, 2017


She sets me on fire
and says:
Look look you are flammable and I am not!
Look look you are burning and I am not!

I say:
you are the one who set me on fire.
She says: No no it’s all you;
you are the flammable one!

Then she touches me
and her finger burns
and she starts to cry.

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  • 1 week ago

    by marvellous efe

    And i love it

  • 3 weeks ago

    by Meena Krish

    I agree with Mark's comment...and I'm also thinking two people
    are trying to instigate each other to see which one is the true one. Its
    like a cycle one warns and says don't but the other's curiosity gets the
    better of her and learns her lesson. Or I'm completely wrong!

    PS: Just one thing, "She sets me in fire" I think on will sound better
    rather then in-She sets me on fire...just a suggestion

  • 3 weeks ago

    by mossgirl19

    I thought I understood what it meant until I came to the last stanza...at which I became completely lost. :-)

    My interpretation: the woman talking is saying to the man that he is a person way above her...whom she may never be worthy of. The man replies that in essence, whatever he is, is fully deserved by her...because she ‘sets him in fire’ or is one of the reasons why he is the way he is. She thinks she is not deserving to have him, thus 'she touches me' or when she returns the love this man has for her, 'her finger burns and she starts to cry' she hurts because of this belief/ or because she is full of inferiority.

    A thought-provoking write and wonderful that it is open for interpretation.

    • 3 weeks ago

      by Mark

      That's fantastic! I never thought of 'fire' as referring to the essence of oneself.

  • 3 weeks ago

    by Frank

    I appreciate all the interpretations, each one in different way.
    Thank you.

  • 3 weeks ago

    by Mandy Earl

    I really love this. And I like Mark's comments about it, but I interpreted it as, here are your flaws, and I'm above you, I am better! Maybe I sound silly but it's almost as if "she" is inexperienced and doesn't understand how things feel quite yet. Like the child that hasn't touched the burner yet. Here I am making a fool of myself too :x

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