Dare that little flame

For an act of combustion the little flame is so calm
smooth and precise. Hot and clean
So attractively dangerous. I can move my fingers quickly
side to side, a pendulum action
that’s losing energy, my finger swinging slower
and slower, warmer and warmer.
Why doesn’t it hurt like I was always afraid it would?
For an act of combustion, it’s not very quick to hurt.

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