Up In Smoke

Up In Smoke


You think everything is safe
But tempers flare hotter
The flame burns brighter
And suddenly your whole world 
Goes up in smoke
And what is it anyway 
But an illusion


Words: ©2019LCR
Image: CCO

Submitted to: Poet's United Midweek Prompt - Safety

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  1. You give us such to think about in so few words - finely crafted

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  2. I wish we could illusions that felt better than world's end--and lasted longer. Powerful poem.

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    1. Thank you. It was a wonderful and very thought provoking prompt.

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  3. Holding onto feelings of safety is difficult in these times. For me, it is found within my four walls. It is scary out there! Smiles. Thanks for ploughing your way through my depressing poem. I just dont know how much more my heart can take.

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    1. I hear ya! Seems nowhere is safe anymore. Thank you back! :)

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    1. Thanks. I have a fondness for keeping it simple.

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  5. Powerful and well written yes safety can be gone in an instant and these days especially. So yes we might live in illusion but it feels better

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    1. As you say, it can be gone in an instant. I definitely take safety for granted, it's not guaranteed. Thank you so much.

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  6. Yes indeed its sure feels like an illusion when you turn your face to the mass media.
    Happy Wednesday, Lori

    Much❤🕊❤

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    1. That it does. Happy Wednesday to you too! :)

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  7. Yes, all dreams can be shattered in split second. How much cautious can one be? So well put.

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  8. Perhaps we shouldn't read, view and share news from outside our environment if we are happy there. This way we can live our lives in peace and love.

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    1. News travels fast and unfortunately I don't think the best option is to close our eyes to it. Knowledge is power and seeing might mean preventing. But it certainly makes one appreciate the safety we quite often take for granted.

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  9. The brevity of your poem reflects the speed at which flames consume and everything goes up in smoke. So many people are caught up in the illusion, Lori, they forget. An excellent metaphor for the human condition.

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    1. Yes thank you. It's like looking out a window while driving, look away for a second and look back and the entire landscape has changed.

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