A flame that starts as an ember
Taken care of from losing its light and vital heat.
One piece of scraps and another added as kindle for the little ember. A tiny bead of heat.
Slowly it grows and sprouts a tongue that licks paper and wood splinters.
It licks to taste, then bites to grow.
Little by little it grows, little by little the heat rises, little by little the ember becomes a flame.
Then flame grows and hungers for larger and the tongue dances around the oak logs that's once brown
Becomes charred and black.
It grown from the center to what it is now.
A consuming flame that is now maintained
By oak logs.