Extinguished flame

A quick flick of fingers
tampers the candle.
The ghoulish smoke of
the extinguished flame
glows against the dark.
Taking a swaying path
like a wily serpent—
refusing to be engulfed
by the gaping night
making slow work
of an imminent end.

9/29/10

For Three Word Wednesday: engulf, imminent, tamper

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