Of Fire–dVerse Poetics

Prometheus: Wikipedia Commons

Of Fire


flame-fingers crest the summit

plunge into mountain crevices

cleanse, destroy


unruly flames

searing dancing restless

passion unleashed—

young love


a steady glow

warm, comforting

unhampered by winds of uncertainty—

old love


relentless burn within

waiting for words to emerge

from ashes


his flaming forge

bore weapons of war

Prometheus unleashed

life and death


it takes but a spark

to ignite dry kindling

it takes but a word

to set the poet ablaze


below surfaces unseen

roiling seething anger

rouses Madame Pele—



dying flames flicker

vestiges of ember crumble

we sit before the hearth—

my love and I

silence suffices


To be Continued…

I’m happy to be hosting today at dVerse Poetics where I’m asking for poetry on the theme of fire. Please stop by, share a poem and sip some poems.




29 thoughts on “Of Fire–dVerse Poetics

  1. merrildsmith says:

    I am soo behind on reading. This was wonderful, Victoria. All the fires, large and small. I love the way the stanza’s merge into the next–2 into 3 and 4, but 8 is beautiful.

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  2. Wow! Love the fire’s power and meaning in all of these stanzas. Number IV. Was exquisite.


  3. kanzensakura says:

    Oh Victoria. These eight verses are misstressful. Numbers ii and if are so wonderful in their contrasts. It is good to know there are another 13 coming, since you din’t intend to amend these eight 😉❤ it is a joy to read you again.


  4. iidorun says:

    Stanza ii and iii are my favorites – the contrast between new love and old love. The fire is still there, just in a different form. Great write!

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  5. lynn__ says:

    A series of warmth and light…may your passionate pen keep writing, Victoria!


  6. I love how each stanza describes a different life fire.


  7. I love the imagery your words invoke!


  8. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the thought of words emerging from ashes.


  9. Gina says:

    it takes but a word, to set the poet ablaze

    I love the passion in this line Victoria. your poetry reads like an opera, the backdrop a raging volcano


  10. All That Sets Ablaze A Soul
    Fires Love Within As Whole
    Nice to See You Around Victoria..:)

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  11. rothpoetry says:

    Such great images of flames gone wild and flames contained. Great at each level.


  12. qbit says:

    Lots of fire in that! I like all the different flames and ways that you manifested it.


  13. V.J. Knutson says:

    many faces of fire and passion – nicely done.


  14. I delight in your vivid imagery and mythic overtones! A beautiful tour-de-force!


  15. msjadeli says:

    fire has its way and then subsides. beautifully rendered!


  16. I look forward to the continuation. I love the ending at the hearth.


  17. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    lovely contrast between 2 & 3 and I adore 6. I love all the ways you’ve pondered this and we are to be continued! Excellent.


  18. Rob Kistner says:

    These are great Victoria, and “to be continued”… wonderful!

    BTW, excellent promot, thank you… 🙂


  19. I love all the aspects in these poems that made me think of thirteen ways… all different aspects of fire, from metaphor to concrete, Fire is both love and death


  20. kim881 says:

    Wow, Victoria! I so enjoy poems based on the classics and yours is superb. I love the way ‘flame-fingers crest the summit’ and the ‘unruly flames / searing dancing restless’, the young and old love, the ‘waiting for words to emerge / from ashes’ and especially the lines:
    ‘it takes but a word
    to set the poet ablaze’.
    I’m also glad it’s to be continued. 🙂


  21. “we sit before the hearth—
    my love and I
    silence suffices”

    Swoon. ❤

    And I LOVE your opening:

    "flame-fingers crest the summit
    plunge into mountain crevices"


  22. Jade M. Wong says:

    What a timeline of love and fire!


  23. jillys2016 says:

    One breath-taking, excellent stanza after another! All the ways we can consider fire, real and symbolic, baffles the mind and sparks the imagination! Love your exploration of your wonderful prompt!


  24. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Wow, a magnificent 8 verses, ablaze with truth, passion, yearning and destruction. I loved stanza IV–for we all can identify with it. Like you, I found several aspects of fire to explore. Thanks for hosting.


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