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    about how fire moves

    Hi! Please, answer such a stupid question. How can I describe in a poetry way fire moving quick along the surface of a rigid body? A wick, for example. Would "fire rides a wick" be correct? Thanks a lot!

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    Re: about how fire moves

    The usual verbs relating to the movement of fire are 'spreads', 'flickers'... Flames typically 'lick' or 'dance'.

    But in a poem, the imagery is all yours. You can make fire ride a wick if you want to

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    Re: about how fire moves

    Dear b.a.d.:

    BobK gave you great advice!

    I just wanted to add how much I like the idea of fire 'riding' a wick. Since fire is also said to 'race,' your image could be expanded in any number of interesting directions.

    Best wishes,

    Petra

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    Re: about how fire moves

    Thank you for reply. ))) So it would be correct and mean fire moving rapidly along a wick? I just don't to be misunderstood when I publish my trash :))))

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    Re: about how fire moves

    Thank you, Pyoung!

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    Re: about how fire moves

    Quote Originally Posted by b.a.d. View Post
    Thank you for reply. ))) So it would be correct and mean fire moving rapidly along a wick? I just don't to be misunderstood when I publish my trash :))))
    Since fire is a universally understood phenomenon, and is always moving, I think people would understand.
    Fire also, of course, consumes the wick, which could add another dimension to the image.

    Petra

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    Re: about how fire moves

    Thank you again! :))) You've helped me much! )))

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