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Fire Figures
by JunoMagic
K+ (PG)

Dead king in the fire,
a regal figure, rigid.
Death mask on the pyre,
golden its sheen:
his face turns into an impassive screen
for playing flames;
his fame fulgid
among forgotten names

On the dancefloor of the blaze
his life flares up and flickers out,
his story lost in heated haze:
Here be his glory
an orange glow no one remembers.
There be his riches
reduced to embers.
Below, behold his realm
burnt to ashes, easily scattered.
And above, admire his power
shattered in shadows and smoke,
all that once mattered.
The log in the fire
looks like an ancient king,
a mask of precious metal on a funeral pyre:
rigid and regal.
The flames, they glow.
In orange and red they offer a dramatic show.
The wood fades to embers, to ashes,
and finally, smoke:
The king is dead,
the fire out.

Fire Figures by JunoMagic

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