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Campfire Trance

Winding Down Time…The Campfire (SwittersB)

Usually the end of the day ritual,

that starts with the collection of kindling.

Someone fancies themselves the fire maker, 

the magician of paper, kindling and fiddling.

With bigger pieces of wood and even bigger stories.,

the family gathers ’round.  One stays out of the smoke 

as graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate

are presented for s’mores. The fire maker has now

stockpiled the night’s supply of wood. The coals build beneath 

the wood, glowing hot, pulsing orange. Sparks jet upward and 

sometimes outward. In time the food is done, the heads turn

upward to gaze past the trees toward the dense stars above.

Ghost stories are shared for the young. The story teller captures 

their imaginations at first, later they giggle.

Later the group grows quiet and turns inward. Eyes now look

into the fire, into the shimmering coals. Some poke long sticks

into the fire waiting for the end to ignite. The fire tender

oversees that no one collapses his nurtured fire. Lost in

thought, you feel the heat upon your face, your knees and shins.

Some move back a foot or so. Eventually, someone feels the

trance, the eyes stare, then they close. Time for bed. Some

retire, some stay around the fire, to talk in low tones.

The smells, the sounds, the visions, the memories combine

into the Campfire Trance. 




Green gray

this day

warm icy wind

tickles my skin

goose bumps live

under the rain drops

solemn moods

and soaking cries

illicit friends

burning sky

birds no more


the sun snoozes

behind gray clouds

as if to never speak aloud

again to light



night-time moon

crescent crown.

© [Jeanette Shihadeh] and [thepainterspalate.wordpress.com], [2012]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, artwork, or photo’s without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to [Jeanette Shihadeh] and [thepainterspalate.wordpress.com] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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