Remains of a Fire

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imaginarygarden In The Remains of This Month (April!) Imagined By
PLEASE view this prompt as widely as possible.  You do not have to use the word “remain” or “remains” in your poem.  You can write directly of something related to remains (or one of these pics).  But I am perfectly happy if you write about gas mains!   Just use the prompt and a picture (if you like) as something to jump off of. 

curls here and there
slender threads of grey
proclaiming there’s still heat
rake it inward and fire flames
to life, short lived but intense
and I remember the building
conflagration as we threw
limbs and leaves and briars
watching it burn and crackle
snap and sizzle whistle whine
and fall in upon itself, spent
out of fuel, a gentle glow
remains. Still we do not
leave there is tending to do
watchfulness lest a breeze
scatter the ashes and start
a forbidden blaze to raze
the woods. You with your
shovel and I with the rake
secure the remnants
standing guard till the last
embers die with a satisfied


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