His eyes take in the dancing flame
until his mind is flame.
He anticipates its flutter,
its flareups, just the same.
There's nothing in his mind or eye
that is not set ablaze.
He knows not whether it's been like
this for hours, weeks, or days.
Others think it will devour him,
leaving a pile of ash,
taking him from this world at once,
in one big, blinding flash.