Ambrose Bierce
Horse Cave Creek, Ohio
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Rating: 2.9
In contact, lo! the flint and steel,
By sharp and flame, the thought reveal
That he the metal, she the stone,
Had cherished secretly alone.
Chinedu Dike 02 October 2019
Nicely encapsulated thoughts and feelings. An insightful creation. Thanks for sharing,
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Christopher Laue 08 April 2014
This poem is excellent. I see it as a beautiful description of how two people find each other and discover their passionate love for each other. Like David and Bathsheba. When he(the flint) and she(the steel) meet, they complemented each other completely. They are soul mates. They alone are meant for each other. It is love at first sight; and lo! the spark of passion ignites the flame of love within them, and reveals their most intimate secret desires and expectations: That he (the stone) has secretly cherished the metal, and she (the steel) has secretly cherished the stone... and they have found what they have always longed for. True love. Christopher Laue
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M Asim Nehal 08 December 2016
Very true....I agree with your comments.....
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Thomas Vaughan Jones 05 April 2014
In 1913, Bierce traveled to Mexico to gain first-hand experience of the Mexican Revolution. While traveling with rebel troops, he disappeared without a trace. Obviously, they didn't like his poetry either. Old does not neccesarily mean good. Many of the writers in this site could put this to shame, He has just taken a pair of rhyming couplets and put them together. Bad scansion, terrible assonance and utterly banaal. .
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Anna Boukna 05 April 2014
short and is very catchy! :)
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Augustine Yirideme 05 April 2014
Beautiful poem. Thanks Ambrose Bierce
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Titi Dale 05 April 2013
Short and sweet :) couldn't ask for anything better!
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Malcolm Wakeman 05 April 2012
The sparks are flying here!
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Li Ying 13 July 2011
I personally thought Ambrose Bierce's ' alone ' is very good poem. short, simple but meaningful!
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Juan Olivarez 05 April 2011
Perchance did you mean flint and steel, or have you not discovered fire in your life?
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Gone Away 05 April 2010
When 'he' and 'she' come together they create something special!
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