Kneeling on
the cold stone

hearth each

yesterday’s ashes

cold and gray as

ignites a necessary humility.   

Today’s fire must be made

from what
lies at hand –

life and
heat coaxed

from pages of an old newspaper, 

kindling and a match

placed just
so and the one log

that sits in
the wood box, big

enough to
snuff it all out. 

Dare to try,
for you must

face this
possible failure

again and
again if you wish

to stave off
the chill, to warm

the house
before the children wake

in their
innocence unaware

of this
wrestling with wood

and flame,
the effort it takes,


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