Thursday, October 25, 2007


I’ve always loved lighting matches. I love the scratch of it. The fwaaah of ignition. I especially love wooden matches. Matchbooks, made of paperboard dipped in thin wax, bend too easily; the matches are short.

I like how the flame pools blue near the wood, blonde heap of fire all around it. And I like how the matchhead, burnt and abandoned by flame, embers red and turns skeletal. But most of all I love the smell of sulphur when the match is extinguished, a hut in autumn doused with dry rum.


Valerie Loveland said...

I love the smell too.

Yes, the wooden ones are the best. I kept trying to find a reason to use matches regularly but nothing has worked out so far.

SarahJane said...


michi said...

me too! me too! and i have a gas stove so i can use them alllll the time! :)

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