Flames Full of Hope

By Gia, age 16, Florida

Set my world on fire,
hold a match up against bare skin.
You hurt before - what makes this time any different?

Did you find everything you wanted when you broke in?
Broken pieces of junk are the only fragments left on the floor.
My journal was moved, along with my camera and other possessions.
Matches are scattered on my bed - what were you trying to burn?

Set my world on fire,
hold a match up against bare skin.
You hurt before - what makes this time any different?

Stare into my eyes - do you remember innocence?
A fire burns inside of me, unable to spread into another.
Lie down and breathe in the smoke from the fire,
close your eyes and dream.

It's been long enough since you felt a spark inside of you,
just scribbled words in a notebook.
It's times like these that you want a companion,
but all you have is a match to keep you warm.

Trapped inside of a burning building,
hoping God can hear your cries.
You hold onto your match and your journal,
jumping to safety.

Set my world on fire,
hold a match up against bare skin.
You hurt before - what makes this time any different?

You watch through closed shades,
a figure of your imagination.
Dancing, your spark becomes a fire.
Stare into her eyes,
but all you see is her fire dying.

Yelling through a closed window,
all she does is stare.
Her fire builds again, slowly, but it starts.
You show her the match that you tucked away in your pocket.

You hold the match towards your skin,
to start another fire.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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