Dorothea Mackeller

(1885 - 1968)

Fire


This life that we call our own
Is neither strong nor free;
A flame in the wind of death,
It trembles ceaselessly.

And this all we can do
To use our little light
Before, in the piercing wind,
It flickers into night:

To yield the heat of the flame,
To grudge not, but to give
Whatever we have of strength,
That one more flame may live.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: strength, wind, death, light, fire, night, life

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Fire by Dorothea Mackeller )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Burying His Own, Masereka Amos
  2. the life ring doesn't fit, Mandolyn ...
  3. Unspoken Harmony, F. J. Thomas
  4. 1969, Angela Khristin Brown
  5. Haiku: Lessons Taught To Me By Women, Brian Johnston
  6. 42, Angela Khristin Brown
  7. Marvin Gaye, Angela Khristin Brown
  8. Martin Luther King Jr., Angela Khristin Brown
  9. 3 A.M.... wishing I was coming down, Midnights Voice
  10. Street Culture, Angela Khristin Brown

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Herrick

Here we are all, by day; by night we're hurl'd
By dreams, each one into a several world.... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]