Small paper squares

Colorful and patterned

Flicker and turn to ash

Dissolved into the flame’s purity

Fresh pine boards

Char in the intense heat 

Mixing their sweet carbonized smell 

With the cool fall breeze

The sizzle of butter on a fire licked pan

A riot of bubbles and rendered fat 

The moment but a tendril of flame

Radiant, vivid, brief 

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