poet Elizabeth Tyease Collins

Elizabeth Tyease Collins

Man In Flames.

We held hands with mixed emotions,
whispered words of surreptitious acts.
We sat, fingers crossed, promises hidden
within the circle of our confinement,
watching the raven call our name.

We watched the man ingulfing in fire,
running aimlessly into his lies over
and over,
dodging his truths within his reality,
battling the demons with bits and pieces of
his sanity scattered among our trail.
We began to laugh,
but the more we laughed the more he cried,
the more we shed the the more fire was fed,
his flesh now gone a new man stood forward,
his mind was now an open book,
we sat and laughed.

We shared the same hearts, beating sin in
unison,
tears streaming of our forbidden love we hid for
no one to see,
we saw the man ingulfing in flames but never said a word,
if we say we will be exposed,
but no,
we won't give up.

We stared, unnerved,
as the man walked just bone,
and cursed us that forever we will be bound to Hell's surface,
but we only laughed,
what such a man is he?
But if we say we'll be exposed,
but no,
we won't give up.

I promised to keep the words locked up,
but my fingertips traced the surface of sanity,
and unleashed this demon within me,
but to write such a thing among paper to confuse
the audience is much more 'comforting' thing as sitting
watching us read psalms written across our palms to never
get caught,
but if we say that we'll be exposed,
but no,
we won't give up.

Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 5, 2009
Poem Edited: Monday, July 11, 2011

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  • Darlington ChukwunyereDarlington Chukwunyere (7/24/2011 3:34:00 PM)

    we have but two choices as mortals. Its either we lose our cherished flesh nw or we sell it subsequently for a cheap token. Great work.

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  • Antonio Liao (1/26/2011 1:06:00 AM)

    A transcending flame of surrender echo in confusion, because of Love....
    a willing sacrifice for commitment...'Excellent fumes of honesty of the heart...
    God bless 10 +++

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  • Rohan Roy (11/10/2010 7:56:00 AM)

    very thoughtful poem..loved it..

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  • Matt MondscheinMatt Mondschein (11/10/2009 3:12:00 PM)

    You were confident that he'd be re-born, into the cycle of life, heavy sarcasm there

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  • Dylan Oppedahl (11/8/2009 9:00:00 PM)

    As I understand it, it means that when someone needs help we dont care or dont take it seriously. When we realize what we have done we just say it wasnt our fault and blame them for being like that. Its like with those kids who shoot up a school or do these acts of violence. He wont do a thing because we might find out something about us we dont know and dont like. Great poem

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  • *_sakura ~daisy_* (11/8/2009 10:11:00 AM)

    Wow...this poem really makes me think. I mean is the burning man some kind of symbol towards the secrets and the pain of the people..the fire is being fed by all the lies, troubles, and the patronized being of the crowd.....hmmm good since of vivid imagery. i like this. it is really a detailed picture....a silent perception of cleverness and determination of them not giving up cause they no they will get it....truly is great poem^^

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  • Brittney Karasek (11/7/2009 4:48:00 PM)

    It feels more like a song to me.
    and I like it,
    I love the disregard of a strangers pain,
    or order to satisfy a passion.
    When you see poems like this you really have to think,
    but I'm not going to pretend I understand what you mean,
    why is the man burning?
    I feel like there's a hidden meaning, I'm too out of tune to figure out.

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  • C. P. SharmaC. P. Sharma (11/7/2009 12:28:00 AM)

    Awesome poetry, the soul sitting detached from the body looks at the fiery passions with disdainful laughter..
    CP

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  • Katormy Puliva (11/6/2009 7:17:00 PM)

    Very deep, interesting. Keep up the good work.

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  • Joanna Ratnam (11/6/2009 6:42:00 PM)

    Ellie, I like this poem. Personal, poignant and vividly expressed.

    Can't wait to see your next creation! :)

    Joanna.

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  • John MccullaghJohn Mccullagh (11/6/2009 2:29:00 PM)

    An interesting poem with some excellent lines and vivid imagry

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  • Aziz AlkaabiAziz Alkaabi (11/6/2009 8:28:00 AM)

    There is a smart metaphric complexity here and a fine twisting,
    the poet tried to smplify at the end,
    This is one interesting poem,
    Thank you for the invitation to read it,

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  • Dick Badian (11/6/2009 5:06:00 AM)

    watching us read psalms written across our palms to never
    get caught, ..that's a lovely..I can see the ink there..

    wel done

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  • Eyan Desir (11/6/2009 5:00:00 AM)

    Interesting and fine
    nice poem

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  • Trenton Watson (11/5/2009 10:30:00 PM)

    Hmm... well writen with bold structure 10+ AND WE HAVE THE SAME BDAY! : D lol i was born in 95 tho. But thats cool u live in trenton nj my name is trenton XD SOOO WERIDDD HHAAHA ok. well nice poem thankies.

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  • Brittni Collins (11/5/2009 9:27:00 PM)

    I liked this poem! I t is very well written.. I like how it was so true.. Very good I would say, . I wish I could write like that!

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  • DEE RAAIN (11/5/2009 9:21:00 PM)

    WOW Written...! ! LOVE IT TOTALLY UNEXPECTED WHEN I READ IT.. Because by the name i was like awww.... Man in FLAMES haha but metaphorically speaking when i read it.. so much of it was the truth..! !

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  • Serenity Prayer (11/5/2009 8:59:00 PM)

    i think this poem is talking bout how we see people everyday that are hurting and struggling yet we never do anything but sit and laugh at them because we're afraid of bein rejected just like they are. thats what i got out of it anyway. btw this is the 2nd time ive typed this because i accidently erased it the first time i wrote it so im gonna make it shorter this time. lol. great job on this poem though. it reminds me of many experiences ive dealt with making me choose to either 1.) help them and maybe get rejected by others or 2.) keep laughin and faking it so i wont be rejected. great job though. keep up the good work and let me know if im right or not.

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  • ~Heart of Ice~ ¢♦ ¢♦ ¢ (11/5/2009 8:01:00 PM)

    twisted... but well expressed. i love twisted poems! ! ! ! ! you gave a detailed description therefore the reader has a detailed vision but with the words u chose you made it confusing. by doing so you spoke ur mind of hidden and words forbidden without actually giving urself away. i loved it! ! !

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  • Craig AndersonCraig Anderson (11/5/2009 7:12:00 PM)

    A piece of forbidden love, but with who that is the question? (I could hazzard a guess....but won't. ) It's a troubled road you are travelling Elle, clear thought and a friends shoulder will help. A deep piece that I will ponder over for some time to come I imagine. Great work keep it up! Best Regards. Craig.

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