Poetry Pairings: A Flame

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in this article, Trymaine Lee relives receiving an unexpected heart attack after the age of 38 and how not only his life, but his family’s life had take a turn. This article first caught my attention because I personally know this experience all too well. Last September my Father had also received an surprise heart attack almost killing him. Lee walks us trough his pain and struggle, not only the literal, physical pain, but the pain of having to say goodbye to those he cherishes. The poem “The Wisp”, goes over the theme of triumph, although the connection may not “click” to the reader right away I believe that Lee really did come out triumphantly over a great battle. He “hit the lottery” (Lee), and that is something he should celebrate.

“A heart attack either kills you or it doesn’t.
I spent the better part of 16 years reporting stories that led me to people who had just missed death. Who understood, better than anyone else, what it is like to make a narrow escape. Ms. Fuller was 19 when I met her, more than a dozen years removed from the bullet. Since the heart attack, I’ve been thinking about what she told me. That it’s important not to be numb. It’s important to say: I could have died.
I didn’t. I have tomorrow, or at least this moment. I want to live.” (Lee)

I believe this image fits with the metaphor of a flame as the sky also compliments the imagery of a bird soaring.

The Wisp

What is Triumph?

triumph rips into my soul,
and settles down to the brilliant candle that lights the path to an endless tunnel. Flickering. Possibly, that flame transforms into a hopeless wisp of ash.

What is Triumph?

It is the sun caressing your face at the highest point of dawn
When the birds soar through heaven and tickle the clouds

What is Triumph?

It is the lion on the highest peak roaring throughout its kingdom, making his presence known to all

What is Triumph?

It is the rebirth of that courageous ember that burns in the deepest of seas

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