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Keeper of the Flame

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Lori Grosser Rhoden
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since 10-10-2009
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Fair to middlin'


0 posted 11-04-2017 08:22 AM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

While he is gone
one of his chores
that will be up to me
is to keep a fire going
in the wood stove
out in the garage.
We only need it to burn
through the cold nights,
but it is quicker to
keep it burning all day
than to relight it every night.
Building the fire
is my favorite part.
There is kind of a knack to it.
Making sure you have
the right amount of kindling,
the air flow is right,
and good wood,
takes practice.
There is something primal
and very maternal to me
about building a fire.
The crackling of the logs
catching on fills me
with a unique sense
of success.
It is almost sacred.
You make a pact with the fire
to feed it to keep it alive.
Therein lies the chore.
It is going out in the cold
last thing at night
and first thing in the morning
to feed the stove.
You try to stuff it full
enough to leave you coals
for in the morning
or all day.
But if the fire should go out
for just a little while,
all will be well.
The garage is snug
and holds the heat
as does the cast iron stove.
And Iíll just have some fun
and make another one.

LGR©11/4/17
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1 posted 11-06-2017 01:09 AM       View Profile for Bluesy Socrateaser   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bluesy Socrateaser

You're a good hand, Miss Lori.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgxPq4isAI8

...just bein' Bluesy

Lori Grosser Rhoden
Member Rara Avis
since 10-10-2009
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Fair to middlin'


2 posted 11-06-2017 05:23 AM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

That song was funny, I remember it from years ago. Thanks for thinking of me. ~L
 
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