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Poem: Secret Flame


I would like to thank Brenda Arledge for her initiative to have weekly prompts for writers on HubPages. Brenda keeps the momentum going for all of us and instills confidence in those who are running out of ideas. This is my first participation in the weekly prompt. Here it goes!

Poem: Secret Flame

A glow beckons from afar,

It crackles a grin, sparkles with enthuasiasm,

Radiates warmth and trust,

A fire never lit before.

The heat and tension released,

The flames bow,

Their last time to shine,

Extinguished and buried in a smile.

© 2021 Li-Jen Hew


Li-Jen Hew (author) on October 19, 2021:

Hi Peggy, you made fire less frightening. Thank you for your feedback.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on October 19, 2021:

Thank you Mary! Yeah, fires in a cottage sounds homely.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 03, 2021:

A good crackling fire can be so enjoyable. You have beautifully put into words the pleasure of viewing and feeling the warmth of one.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 03, 2021:

I enjoyed your poem. I love watching the fires we would have in the cottage. It has so much meaning for me. Some, you have expressed for me.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on October 01, 2021:

Thanks for visiting, Mark! Good to see you virtually again.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on September 30, 2021:

Wonderful poem. Thanks for sharing.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 25, 2021:

Hello Brenda, no worries! Your interpretation is fine! Besides, all opinions are valid. The more, the merrier. :)

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 25, 2021:


I try to interpret them, but if I ever get anything wrong...please let me know.


Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 25, 2021:

Hello Vidya! Thank you for visiting my poem! I have read your poem, "How wonderful to be a Cloud". The poem is inspiring and and assures us that clouds are wonderful. It reminds us to appreciate the little things in life. My favourite line is "Escape from an unwanted crowd". I agree that clouds are our friends and therapeutic.

VIDYA D SAGAR on September 25, 2021:

A great response to Brenda's word prompt, Li-Jen-Hew. The poem conveys the emotions in few words. Well done

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 24, 2021:

Thanks Brenda. I appreciate that you interpret the poem sufficiently without distorting the original meaning. I will visit your page tomorrow.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 24, 2021:

Thanks for your insightful comment Rinita! Haha, that's good news.

Rinita Sen on September 23, 2021:

Captivating, ever glowing, heartwarming, thoughtful poetry. Powerfully done. At your best, girl, at your very best!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 23, 2021:


Welcome to our word prompt series. We are happy you decided to join us.

Your Poem: "Secret Flame", you show us how a secret relationship begins with just a smile.

Feeling a sense of warmth and trust like one's never felt before.

Then as quickly as the heat of this passion begins, it ends.

Fading off into the distance leaving a smile behind.

Short & sweet poem. It conveys those moments of a secret flame quite well.

I'll post a link in the word prompt article.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 23, 2021:

Teodora, thank you! Hope everyone feels more welcomed and trusted after reading those lines hehe.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 23, 2021:

Thank you Misbah for your kind comment!

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 23, 2021:

Hello Chitrangada, thank you for letting me know that my poem has some substance and a little weight haha.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 23, 2021:

Jodah, thanks for your short and sweet comment hehe!

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 23, 2021:

Thank you Hari! I'm grateful for your comment.

Teodora Gheorghe on September 23, 2021:

Wonderful poem! It "Radiates warmth and trust", to quote it.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on September 23, 2021:

Li-Jen, this is short and sweet poem. I enjoyed reading your wonderful response to Brenda's prompt. Thank you for sharing!

Blessings to you!!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 23, 2021:

Hello Li-Jen!

Nice poem in response to the word prompt. You expressed a lot, in few words. Beautifully crafted poem.

Thank you for sharing!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 23, 2021:

Li-Jen, I am glad to see you participate in Brenda’s word prompt challenge. I enjoyed your ‘secret flame.’ Short but sweet in more ways then one :)

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on September 23, 2021:

Great lines Li.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 23, 2021:

Thanks Bill! Glad that worked for you! I resisted the need to explain as I hoped the "Secret" meaning of the poem can be interpreted well enough.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 23, 2021:

Lovely work! You packed a great deal of emotion into a very short poem, and it spoke to me. Very well done!

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