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Confessions of An Arsonist

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I am, an arsonist. Leaving everything in my path scorched.

Love me from a distance. 

Feed my fire but don’t come too close.

The minuscule spark flickering inside of me is keeping my vessel moving, 

living, thriving. 

Feed my spark, but only so gently.

I am fragile, 

so, so, fragile. 

I will combust if my flame gets too large but 

will die out the second my spark is smothered. 

Put out my spark, and I will go too. 

I will feed your fire, and keep your flame around for years to come.

Love you, till my vessel becomes nothing but a withered soul

in an aching body.

Love me from afar, get too close and I will scorch you, with a single touch. 

I carry emotions on my back, like an arsenal, 

they’re loaded with passion and pent-up feelings.

Waiting, for someone to cross the boundaries, break the trust established with myself.

That is when my flame will rise and you will be too close.

Love me from a distance, and I will love you till my body aches, 

and my lungs are screaming for air until my eyes have no tears left to cry

like there’s a drought where my vessel resides.

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Grace Shaw is a senior, who enjoys writing and also enjoys nature. She plans to go to college and study journalism and ceramics. She has one dog who she loves very much. She also loves to take care of her many plants.

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