Hello! (Lol. Yes, using my secondary account to leave a critique for you Chen, but I thought that I should do this so that you have feedback on your wonderful work that I wish people had the opportunity to read
Anyways, let's begin.
The vocabulary and imagery in your work is beautiful. You handle the characteristics of both flames masterfully, and work in context for your words so that even if a someone may not know what an aureate glow is, they can assume it's gold, etc.
In addition, the way you contrast one flame as giving off vigor and life to another falme that leaves a wake of destruction behind serves as an interesting juxtaposition that you wonderfully then beautifully merge in the following stanza....
"Yet gold and ice fire have collided before"....
Now this is where I think you really take the idea of "flames" and make it you're own, where I interpret this merging of passion and fear, taking from your words as "vengeance".
A corrupted-sort of passion that can bring oneself to ruin as we burn up in such a dangerous passion as we seek to resolve our hatred, "it simmers and stews, until it finally explodes."
Yet once again, you make another 180 degree turn, giving an escape from such a corrupted path, "But away from the raging, the rampant, violent flames // Hearths left open are tempered by care".
Humans are driven by emotions, and maybe too often we are only reminded about the negative side of ourselves and our species. It's a lovely ending to a poem that gives hope and reminds us to give kindness and trust to others, to extend ourselves out and help temper the flames of passion and fear, and ultimately hatred in the world, so that it can give "rise to hope, to healing, and heart" for another person.
Thanks for always creating amazing works of literature Chen.
P.S The only reason why I give this a 4.5 in originality is b/c flames is a common metaphor, etc. But!!! This doesn't take anything away. TBH, if I had the choice I'd give this 4.8 stars for originality. It's still an amazing piece of work.