Flicker or Spark

Flicker or Spark

A Poem by Emily Irene.

About a love gone down the tubes.

Soon the memories will fade.
Those months spent with you
have left me all alone,
and reaching out for someone to love me
the way you did.
I find reminders of you everywhere;
a bit of copper wiring,
sparkless lighters.
Is that us?
As useless as an inch of copper wiring,
as dead inside as all those lighters we bought?
I just never thought we'd flicker out.

© 2016 Emily Irene.

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I truly love how this poem carries so much weight using so little. There is beautiful imagery, but it is well-conserved throughout the poem. I also like how the emotion throughout the poem seems to be calm and thoughtful rather than fiery and explosive, which is slightly more typical (in my experience) with this subject matter. Great poem! Thank you for sharing!

Posted 2 Years Ago

Emily Irene.

2 Years Ago

Your comment made my day! You're right, its typical to feel anger and revulsion at an ex-lover but I.. read more
Ashley Acri

2 Years Ago

OH honey I have been there forever hahahahaha
Emily Irene.

1 Year Ago

Aw I'm sorry to hear that, its a terrible bittersweet feeling.
I really like this! The continuity of the metaphor makes the last line really powerful. I like the emotion it conveys, too. Sort of melancholy, but sort of accepting... at least that's how it makes me feel. I love the imagery, it is well done and plays off the idea of love as flame really well.

Posted 2 Years Ago

Emily Irene.

2 Years Ago

It was inspired by the song "Try" by Pink, where she sings, "When there's a flame, someone's bound t.. read more

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Added on February 16, 2016
Last Updated on February 17, 2016


Emily Irene.
Emily Irene.

Saint Louis, MO

Name's Emily and I'm 24. I am a girl made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions. I have had chronic pain for more than fifteen years. This means I have taken more narcotics .. more..