Poem: Quiet Flame

Flames in Poetry Symbolize Love

Quiet Flame: A Poem about Love. Photo: Umberto Salvagnin, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr.

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.

Quiet Flame

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:

Poetsmith (Iris)
A View From My Summerhouse (Sherri)
Irina’s Poetry Corner (Irina)
Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth (Marissa)
witlessdatingafterfifty (Karen)
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!

~Christy xo


136 thoughts on “Poem: Quiet Flame

      1. Marissa Bergen

        Oh gosh, I didn’t even notice. Okay, I’ll definitely give it a try. I’m always up for challenges and appreciate writing prompts so if I don’t crank one out in the next couple of days it just means the topic wasn’t really working for me. I already have one planned for tomorrow so I’ll shoot for Monday on it. Thanks for thinking of me!


        1. Marissa Bergen

          Oh yes, I wrote something…coming Monday. I usually don’t like to blog on the weekends because it is so consuming. You know, honestly Christy, because of the type of poetry I write, I would normally never consider writing about love so it definitely has my spin on it…maybe a little unconventional but thank you for the inspiration!

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        2. Christy Birmingham Post author

          Hi Marisa, I’m excited now for Monday! I totally understand unconventional poetry as mine isn’t the usual either… maybe that’s why we get along so well? I thank you for taking the challenge and sending me this note 🙂 Enjoy your Sunday!


  1. gches

    I am with Bill, I am taking a break from from design work and editing in a bit and totally smiling after reading your beautiful poetry here today! Thanks, Christy 😉

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    I can feel the warmth of the flames into your heart and all the overwhelming joy of love …
    Beautiful sentiments in a handful of words and dimentional the potentiality of love ….
    All was so quiet but yet so powerful dear Christy!A big hug to a forgiving heart … 🙂 xxx


  3. Debbie

    Christy, I’m touched that you’ve nominated me to participate in this challenge! I’m going to have to give some deep thought to what I can write that would be anywhere near as lovely as what you’ve offered. Good thing there’s no time limit, ha!


    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Debbie, if you do take the challenge, there’s no rush to complete it. And you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to as I don’t want to pressure anyone. Hugs for the weekend! 🙂


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  6. lscotthoughts

    What can I say that hasn’t already been said, Christy? Wonderful, vivid, intense and beautiful all wrapped up in this poem. Your writing never ceases to amaze me and thank you again for including me in your challenge! Much love to you!

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  7. Letizia

    Strong poem and it’s so interesting to know that you had to do in ten sentences.

    p.s. love the new profile pic 🙂 (love your glasses – as I often wear glasses too, I notice these things, haha. Are they new or did I just not see them well in your previous pic?).


    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Letizia, it was harder than I thought it would be to do the 10 sentences! I like the result and appreciate your generous comment here.
      PS Yes, new photo and thanks for noticing 🙂 I got new glasses near the end of last year and this pic shows them. You see me & I see you perfectly, you beauty you!!

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  8. irinadim

    Wow, Christy! The flame of passionate love touches my old heart. Such a powerful poem! And the imagery is astounding, so beautiful. Thanks for nominating me to participate in this challenge. Is there a deadline? Because at the moment I’m a bit busy.


  9. rollyachabotbooks

    Hi Christy… the thought of a broken window in anyone’s life is painful, especially with others we have come to love and appreciate. Thank you for your words and it is such a beautiful picture you paint of hands building a new window together… Such a beautiful picture.

    Hugs from over the big rocks…


  10. Indah Susanti

    Christy, I always impress by your talent to write poem even on certain requirement as requested by the challenge! Reading it, I can feel your words flow with emotion and passion. Beautifully written and thank you for sharing your work with us 🙂


  11. Veronica

    Christy: ¡Tu poesía es realmente fantástica!

    Destaco especialmente

    «…You are the word that
    Heats up my mental atmosphere,
    Raising me into a compound I could not have foreseen….»

    Aplaudo entusiasmada. 🙂 🙂 Un abrazo gigante y muchos besos.


  12. Sherri

    Such a beautiful poem this Christy, you are an amazing talent and as such, I am thrilled to receive your nomination, thank you so much! I gratefully accept and will get my post out next week! Meanwhile, have a super weekend 🙂 ❤


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  14. Mahesh Nair

    Love in ten sentences. You did a good job. My favorites lines are: “The word love graces itself within a, Mixture of orange, red, and me” — then “Our hands will be building a new window together.” There is hope.


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  16. cav12

    Each time I read your poems, I am taken on a journey of passion and emotion. You are truly a gifted poet Christy. Thank you for opening my eyes to the world of poetry.
    Luciana 😀

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  17. reocochran

    I am finally connecting my many awards in an Epic post, hope you will find time to check it out, my dear and add a link to this wonderful ten sentences challenge. I think we could start the ball rolling again. Hope you understand and Better Late than Never, Christy. 🙂 Hugs, Robin



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