machines were his passion, they really lit his fire

collected one of each kind, had a burning desire


had the skills to maintain them all

loved the variety, it was his call


but they don’t come cheap

long hard work just to keep


yet his infatuation ran deep

they haunted his dream sleep


when using any he would visibly ignite

his eyes lit up, the flame burnt bright


his well trained wife accepted his flame

she enjoyed his childlike delight as it came


his kind heart helped those he met

if using a machine it was a sure bet!


Carrot Ranch Challenge, April 4, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about fire. It can be a flame that burns or a light that inspires. Follow the flames and go where the prompt leads!