Don’t Set Yourself on Fire

They say don’t set yourself on fire to keep others warm but all I am is firewood and I couldn’t resist the way you made me feel needed

Loving you was like holding onto a burning match for as long as I could because I wanted to prove I could stand the heat, clenching you in my hand till my knuckles turned white

Why do we hold on so tight to the things that hurt us, why do we hold on so hard to the things that are always trying to let go?

They say don’t set yourself on fire for people who will just watch you burn

But you were mesmerized by my flames like a little boy seeing fireworks for the first time

You wanted to see if I would burn, you wanted to know if I was hot to the touch

And I wish it burned you when you touched me and I wish it seared your hand when you held onto mine

But instead, the oxygen we breathed in together only made the flames grow

You failed to mention you poured gasoline on my heart but gave yours a gas mask

You failed to mention you built me up with pieces of wood and yourself with steel

They say don’t set yourself on fire to keep others warm

Don’t mistake a spark for love or you’ll choke to death on your own smoke because he has no intentions of putting the flames out when you decide to keep him warm

 

He will only watch

 

And when the smoke has cleared, he will not be there

While your embers fade, you will have nothing but regret to keep yourself warm with

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