The fog was lighter here, and he could see the strange, bottle-shaped kilns with their orange, fanlike tongues of fire
. A dog barked as they went by, and far away in the darkness some wandering sea-gull screamed.
As a fire raging in some mountain glen after long drought--and the dense forest is in a blaze, while the wind carries great tongues of fire
in every direction--even so furiously did Achilles rage, wielding his spear as though he were a god, and giving chase to those whom he would slay, till the dark earth ran with blood.
But at last, some three points off the weather bow, Ahab descried the spout again, and instantly from the three mast-heads three shrieks went up as if the tongues of fire
had voiced it.
Here were not three existences, but one,--one only, which, like the flame on the hearth, divided itself into three tongues of fire
. If, occasionally, some memory of Napoleon's benefits and misfortunes, if the public events of the moment distracted the minds of the old people from this source of their constant solicitude, they could always talk of those interests without affecting their community of thought, for Ginevra shared their political passions.
We could see the high tongues of fire
shooting up into the air.
John the Baptizer predicted that the one who is to come will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 3:16), and the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples is symbolized as tongues of fire
The Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles and Mary in the form of tongues of fire
Similarly, in the Acts Pentecost narrative the Holy Spirit descends upon the disciples in tongues of fire
. God speaks with Moses, who emerges with the Commandments.
In the first poem, we see Caleb tossing a stick, which he imagines as a flaming sword, in his front yard, while "Inside the house / his dad is screaming at his mom." The intervening poems detail a litany of misguided choices and intensifying cruelties, until the culminating poem of the series, in which "Caleb is marching / with his new friends, their shaved heads / like tongues of fire
." It is as if Dickman is leading us back to the first "Wonderland" to find where it all went wrong; when did the flaming stick become a torch?
Analyzing the literary genre of the narrative, we can also ask whether a white dove or tongues of fire
literally descended upon the apostles and Mary.
Pentecost Sunday celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit to Jesus' disciples in the form of tongues of fire
During the miracle of Pentecost, tongues of fire
appeared over the disciples' heads, and they were granted the ability to speak in many languages that were heard and understood by a multitude of people.