William Jackson

Rookie (San Antonio, Texas)

Spontaneous Combustion - Poem by William Jackson

While the three elements
of any significant fire,
oxygen, heat, and fuel,
create flashovers cruel,
the complete explosion
of everything in the room
at 1500 degrees and at a rate
of 37 feet per second,
my soul bursts into flames
at a slower temperature
than even the famous 451 degrees
at which paper begins to burn.

And yet this slow moving burn seems to me
just as infinitely hot and all consuming
of my over acute senses as any flashover,
and the mere presence of a confident woman
such as yourself causes my temperature
to slowly rise into the danger zone.

You of passionate heart, exquisite mind, and lithe body
have me all aflame, and nothing is ever going to put me out.
And when the investigators come, as they surely will,
to determine the cause and origin of the questionable fire,
there will be no explanation other than spontaneous combustion!

Comments about Spontaneous Combustion by William Jackson

  • Jocelyn Dunbar (9/5/2006 1:48:00 AM)

    Wow very good. What a wonderful and colorful wisdon God gave in to all individual in a different cathegory of element, amazing indeed! and you've got one wonderful color of wisdom. (Report) Reply

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  • (7/27/2006 2:47:00 AM)

    Passion is on full blow. Love the way you've talked about passion without talking about the usual things!

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  • Ernestine Northover (6/27/2006 11:44:00 AM)

    This one makes fantastic reading. Hot off the press. I thoroughly enjoyed the read.
    Love Ernestine XXX Bless you for your comment on my poem.
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  • (4/24/2006 1:29:00 PM)


    It seems you are lucky to have found your passionate desire and are combusting!
    I just love this........slow peak of passionate lyrics

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  • (4/23/2006 11:19:00 AM)

    A splendid write the true passion one can have for another.Hotter than the fires of Hades.How well I recall that fire with found memories.Well done

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  • Ray Lucero (4/23/2006 9:31:00 AM)


    If God smiles upon us, He blesses us at least once with this kind of relationship. Alas for me, it was a High School romance. Everyone else has paled by comparison. We must grasp an opportunity like this at all cost or regret it the rest of our life.

    Nice poem...thanks...it stirred me inside, as I'm sure writing it was for you.


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  • (4/23/2006 8:48:00 AM)

    Good one William, she must be quite a woman
    (I really like this poem)
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 23, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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