It often ignites, frequently warms and is always hot.
Plasma: the seldom whispered 4th phase of matter;
Fire: tangible energy manifested in the physical world.
Flame: able to be held, though doing so isn’t recommended.
It is pure heat. There is only heat. Cold is the transfer
Of heat from one object to another. It is rare to find
Anything hotter than a blaze, perhaps lightning or the sun–
But the former is too fast to touch and the latter is too far
Away to reach. Besides, all three are plasma, engaging
In a dance between solid, fluid and energy–like a burning
Dream come true. How can one accurately describe
Something as rapidly changing as “flame”?

Copyright 2013
A. J. Hayes
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