Is Your Flame Warming or Burning You? 



Nothing is in itself safe or dangerous;

What it turns out to be;

Depends on the hand which wields it;

What one sees as useless;

Another sees as a great asset;

What one uses as an essential tool;

Another employs it as a destructive weapon;

It seems just like people;

Items do have two sides too.

The flame that gives warmth;

Is the same that burns down a house;

The wind we enjoy as breeze;

Is the same that can cause a cyclone;

The water we love to shower with;

Is the same that threatens to wash us away when it floods;

What distinguishes them is the intensity;

One minute it is all under control;

The next, it gets out of hand.

What do you have in your hand?

How hard are you fanning the flame in your hand?

Is it enough to keep you warm?

Or is threatening to burn you?

Is the love you have turning into an obsession;

Consuming you from the inside out;

And changing you into someone you’re not?

Are the petty resentments you’re holding on to inside;

Heating up into irrepressible bitterness and rage;

Costing you your peace of mind and joy in life;

And depriving you of your much needed sleep?

Know what you possess and control it;

Before it overtakes and buries you;

Everything bad is not original;

Only the perversion of what is good;

Don’t let the knife you use to chop veggies;

Be the weapon that hurts you;

Tend your flame;

Don’t give it too much power;

Lest it overpowers you;

Let it keep you comfortably warm;

But not burn you into ashes.

© Josephine Amoako 2016

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautiful piece. Your title is so captivating. Thanks for sharing this!


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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for passing by and reading, Vincent.


  2. kutukamus says:

    And may just the right flame
    Always be within your name 🙂

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  3. Controlling ourselves, our emotions can be daunting at times, Yet, we have access to a tempering helper at all times. Your words helped me to remember that, thanks!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      And thank you for reading, Adrienne ☺


  4. Good reflective provocation. Thanks for sharing

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading, Roland ☺

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Sofia ☺

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  5. mimispassion says:

    Wise words. Thanks

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading, Mimi. ☺

      Liked by 1 person

      1. mimispassion says:

        My pleasure ma’am

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  6. diadarling3 says:

    It is true, you have to think about how things are put into use. It really makes the difference. It’s like perception, half glass or half full, A way to change the world or a thing holding you back,

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Exactly… All about perception. Thanks for reading 😊


  7. Joel Abakah says:

    So many deep questions to ponder.
    It all lies in the control. I hope have that though 🙏💚

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  8. Very eye catching post! Good job!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Wow! That’s the first beautiful thing I read this morning.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Glad to know! Have a great weekend!😊

      Liked by 1 person

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