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Miriam Ruff


The flame burns hot
Within me
Passion’s fuel
The sea Outside
Bears down
With crushing weight
To quench the blaze
I fight back but
I am small
The forces against me
And I succumb
As the struggle ebbs
New sparks ignite
And I find the strength
To rise again
From the ashes
Of my existence
I burn hotter
Than before

This poem first appeared in Spirit of Strength (Voices Literary Magazine).
© 2004 Miriam Ruff


Miriam Ruff is a writer, editor, and teacher. Though she received her degree in Zoology, she quickly moved on to other pursuits; most notably, she spent several years in the film industry, eventually moving up to writing and producing short screenplays. She has also written and produced several full-cast audio dramas, which have played nationally on public radio. While she tackles all forms of writing, from corporate newsletters to educational material and newspaper articles, Miriam finds that writing short stories and poetry provide the most satisfying outlets for her imagination, as well as the most direct, and rewarding, connection with the reader. Author of three volumes of poetry, as well as a collection of short stories, her work has appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology as well as in assorted newsletters, websites, and anthologies. Miriam lives in the Washington, D.C. area; learn more about her at


Post New Comment:
Donal Mahoney:
I love the craft with which this poem was written--not a wasted word, not a word misplaced.
Posted 03/22/2011 05:41 AM
Gary Busha:
I love poems about the Phoenix. This is a good one, and inspiring as well.
Posted 03/22/2011 04:47 AM

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