Brightest Flame


Flames (Photo credit: swamysk)

The brightest flames
Burn too quick
And are gone

The purest melodies
Barely last
For a song

The strongest heart
Beats its rhythm
Too brief

The greatest souls
Find that time
Is a thief

And in these moments
Of loss and of grief
There must be balance
A reason, belief

Nature is strange
Its dominion dismays
But some lives are so full
They are lived in a day

(c) Helen Valentina 2013 , All Rights Reserved

Inspired by the book ‘The Draft’ by Jemima Layzell, which I promoted via a reblog on this blog a few weeks ago and have just finished reading. An inspiring, uplifting and heartbreaking book. This poem is dedicated to Jemima and her family.

About Helen

I'm drawn to blogging as a way to share ideas and consider what makes us who we are. Whether it's in our working life or our creativity, expression is a means to connect.
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35 Responses to Brightest Flame

  1. Very lovely. Love the way I get such a wonderful mental picture.

  2. life is too damn short….

    • It is indeed – Jemima’s book was remarkable, as was her life I believe. Of course I’ve never met her, but I felt I knew her from her words. A great loss to her family and to the world.

  3. Geo Sans says:


    strength of brevity


    once told

    a secret



    leave them wanting


  4. Love love the last lines. Fantastic =)

  5. dorasnow says:

    I wish I could give more than one ‘like’! Pure, elegant, meaningful. It’s quietly moving. I like the not-too-intrusive rhyme, too 🙂

  6. lynnkennison says:

    Once again, a very lovely poem, Helen:)

  7. Beautiful! Really enjoyed reading this

  8. Noora says:

    Very touching. You’re such a beautiful poet, Helen.

  9. This is beautiful, bright bouncing rhythm with a deep, moving message. One of my faves of yours thus far:-)

  10. zainabattari says:

    Totally awesome!

  11. holdenlyric says:

    “The greatest souls
    Find that time
    Is a thief”



  12. reocochran says:

    I really enjoyed this poem. Very nicely rhymed and written! This was a touching tribute.

  13. kaycers says:

    I want to sing this one around a campfire! ❤

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