The Big Picture

Life is a match.

Arbitrarily born from book or box,
solitary, eager, full of hope, potential...

A spark of life
- a terse, fascinating burst of fire -
then
a brief flame
used to
light a smoke,
assuage boredom,
test a fool's fingers for pain,
illuminate a darkened path...
or start a fire
for
warmth
food
or
a pyromaniac's rapture,

then
- oh so quick -
spent, extinguished, shriveled
a blackened, lifeless corpse
attended only by
hurried, indifferent garbage men
or
pale, avaricious morticians
and occasional,
minor, poetic philosophers,
in pursuit
of
a
metaphor.