This poem is inspired by a writing challenge called “Love in Ten Sentences.” Thank you to both Nicole at The Whispering Pen (check out her motivational posts!) and Sylvester at Syl65’s Blog (hello beautiful poems of faith!) for inviting me to participate in the event!
The challenge is to write a poem about love within ten sentences. Then, once complete, pass on the challenge to ten other bloggers. As I wrote my poem “Quiet Flame,” it was tricky to space out the idea I had with ten periods to the poem… but I did it! Here is the poem.
The fire was closer than
I realized, its flames licking my wounds of
Merriment in the rear window.
The glass broke when your hand reached for mine,
As your fingernails hid beneath my weighted palms.
Next were your words.
They extinguished my thoughts and that glass,
Turning my head toward so much more –
Turning my eyes toward your face.
New flames are mapping out on
My globe in temperatures that
Defy records. I try to remember to breathe.
I am tempted by stitches of potential,
Trusting in you to weave them all the way through
The burnt passages. You are the word that
Heats up my mental atmosphere,
Raising me into a compound I could not have foreseen.
The word love graces itself within a
Mixture of orange, red, and me,
Your syllables and tone emitting a
Quiet flame of their own.
When my reaction reaches the surface,
Our hands will be building a new window together.
©2015 Christy Birmingham
For the “Love in Ten Sentences Challenge,” my nominations to create a poem that meets the criteria mentioned at the start of this post are:
A View From My Summerhouse (Sherri)
Irina’s Poetry Corner (Irina)
Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth (Marissa)
House of Heart (Holly)
LScott Poetry (Lauren)
Domer’s Mom (Debbie)
By the Mighty Mumford (Jonathan)
Passion Through Poetry (Vonita)
Wishing you a beautiful poetic day!