Close to the Flames

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I stood outside the gates of Hell,

Ready to dive headlong into flame,

But you put your hand on my shoulder,

Turned me toward you and kissed my face.

You held me tightly against you and promised

You’d protect me for all eternity.

You assured me I was one of the good ones,

And I never should have been in this place.

You led me from the depths to a softer light,

And we lay, exposed, face-to-face,

But still I forgot to ask why you were loitering

Just outside such a damnable place.

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Salutations for Sally ►

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Randy Horton

Mon 3rd Dec 2018 09:51

Thanks, Big Sal.

Big Sal

Sun 2nd Dec 2018 15:08

Excellent piece of writing. First two lines takes the cake.?

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Randy Horton

Sat 1st Dec 2018 16:14

That's a bit more literal than I intended, but I really appreciate your kind words. ?

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