Embers – Thirty Poems in Thirty Days # 28

I’m doing a month of poetry, one new poem each day for thirty days. Here’s number twenty eight of thirty.

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Embers

A flicker and a crackle
A startling snap and the dying red
Of rotting apples

The fire breathes
Just like you and me
And when it can no longer draw breath
It faces its mortality

In this study I now sit
Beside the whips of this flame
I am the lion tamer
And the embers are the lion
I have tamed

So it is
Master and slave
So shall it be
From life to the grave

It is a curious song
That these embers sing
It is a curious thing
That these embers remember that which has gone

They have died and been reborn
A thousand times
Maybe more
But soon like mine
Their heat shall be extinguished
Forever more

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