"Fire is a living, growing thing.
It will burn equally as a seething inferno, sundering everything in sight.
Or it can serve as a guiding light-
a tireless, protective flame.
The thing about fire
is that it wants to live.
But because it breathes,
it can also be suffocated.
More than anything, fire needs open air and freedom in order to exist.
I'm not sure if I became the flame,
or if this blazing heat beneath my skin
crept in to fill the gaps
born within me."