Ode to a Fire

A fire on the hearth represents

a piece of the sun which was stored

in heart of the earth’s ecosystem.


As a fire burns,

we should delight in

the life it brings to our homes

as we should delight in the life

once generated by the trees in the forest

as they collected the sun’s energy

and provided us with

the air we breathe.


Let us ensure that as long as the sun

shines down on us, fires will continue to

warm the body and soul of humanity.


Ted Kesik, 1991



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