Voice from the Fire


Let’s take the chill off. We can see each other’s breath. Let’s take away the darkness,
yet praise the quick shadows.
Our bodies shift with the wind. Let’s remove the guise of civilization. Let’s roast
whatever you caught today. The earth can speak for itself.
I am always ready for new hungers, new fear, old stories, quick hearts,
and the worship of any old mystery. Time is a pretense and light is a cage.
When you wake, I will give you my blanket. Made of ash, it says, “I am gone, yet I
am your passion, your past. I am your next love, your next of kin. I am a hollow in some
mountain. I am a mountain in some hollow. My body is yours, ascending.”

Rich Ives is the author of Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener’s Book of Days currently being published in serial @ Silenced Press everyday in 2014 and forthcoming in paperback. Begin from the beginning, catch up, read daily. Just refer to the Burrow Guide.