THE ICE CUBE AND THE MATCH
From the ice cube’s perspective
the match lights so fast and so often
it might as well be the eternal flame
from some house of worship.
But seriously, to the ice cube,
the match has a curiously single-minded purpose-
all it seems to want to do is get lit and unlit.
From the match’s perspective
the ice cube is always cold to the touch
and takes too long to melt
so the match is content to sear the ice cube
and allow itself to be extinguished
without worrying about the ice cube’s burn rate.