Life burns vigorously
slowing down to glowering embers
reflecting on all consumed since birth.
Flaming gratitude feels not yet fulfilled,
but hanging on for what calming
Embalming remnants of fueled meaning
with smug self-satisfaction
and feckless remorse.
Family relationships burn out
turn in toward former flames
fueled deeper in memory
than capacity for renewed heat images
in life’s resilient potential.
Fires nurture risk and opportunity,
but old fires grow risk of cold and acrid ashes,
fading active hope for new winds
smoking in renewed fuel opportunities.
This strong-fired life
of dried out climate difference,
strong inflaming protest,
oft questioned dignity,
smolders in wrinkling
over ripe with risk
of fading opportunity to yet see Earth
with new peaceful eyes,
with impassioned fires of understanding
what this human conflagration was all about.
dimly hope for new winds,
new unbillowing eyes
to recall that initial committed moment
of spark and wind and fueled experience
inviting fires from first spark
til last light spent.
builds its own waiting sanctuary.