Wildfire

Wildfire

A Poem by Rita L. Sev
"

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. - Buddha

"

One whispered breath

would extinguish the flames

of this wildfire,

burning hotter

and higher

with each piece of kindling

you add to it yourself.

 

You will be consumed,

even though someone else

lit the match


© 2013 Rita L. Sev



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Love it - yes, anger does consume like a wild fire...

Posted 4 Years Ago


Rita L. Sev

4 Years Ago

Thanks! Indeed, it does - so not worth it! (I think the quote at the top was one of our quotes of t.. read more
I need to let these words soak in. I'm nice, you see--a very easy-going, nice kind of person, right up to the point where I turn into the Hulk. Nearly always, I feel ashamed of myself afterwards.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Rita L. Sev

4 Years Ago

Thank you, Sam. No one is ever their best self when they are angry. And I know some who stay angry.. read more
Good advice in poetic form. Great Job

Posted 4 Years Ago


Rita L. Sev

4 Years Ago

Thank you, Mark.
I don't know that we can stop the fire, but we can certainly avoid adding to it.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Rita L. Sev

4 Years Ago

And some people add to many fires at once... Thanks, Marie.
The fire of anger is self sustaining. It needs that "One whispered breath" to form a fire-break. You have produced a beautiful poem, Rita. P.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Rita L. Sev

4 Years Ago

Thank you so much, Pete.
How did you get so wise, I've been on both sides of the fire, either way you get a nasty burn. Nice one Rita!

Posted 4 Years Ago


Rita L. Sev

4 Years Ago

Exactly - not worth the fuel, or the spirit, that you burn. Thank you, Freida.
I must echo the sentiments of the gentleman before me, very telling read.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Rita L. Sev

4 Years Ago

Thank you so much, R&B!
One word: Awesome...:)

Posted 4 Years Ago


Rita L. Sev

4 Years Ago

Thank you, sincerely, Sami.
Sami Khalil

4 Years Ago

My pleasure...:)
wise words , very wise and and meaningful , love it

Posted 4 Years Ago


Rita L. Sev

4 Years Ago

Thank you, Sparkle! Appreciate the read and comments!
I can feel the heat in this one. I think I know it first hand and I may even have been the one holding the match. Nice my friend.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Rita L. Sev

4 Years Ago

I think we are all the one with the match at times; others, we are the ones adding fuel. Everyone ge.. read more
Jack...

4 Years Ago

I prefer to carry the match...have you seen the price of gas? :)
Rita L. Sev

4 Years Ago

Ha! Some walk around with lighters, ready to start a fire at a moment's notice... ;)

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Rita L. Sev
Rita L. Sev

Philadelphia, PA



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