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The Ember Lives ~ Poem

February 25, 2013

Quinacridone Forest by Paul Bailey Click on photo for more information.


Hidden beneath fear

In the ambient light of sanity

I discovered a place,

A covey of filtered light

Where yearning met

its demise, no match

for the potent breath of quiet.

Life exhaled inflamed

the ember, hope rising,

its heated voice beating

out the rhythmic pulse

of  laughter so rare

falling blithely

it denounced




Power snaked  into a tight

little ball, a boundless circle

of energy looking for an edge,

as the wave lingered, faltered,

fell quiet, breathless, uncertain

losing sight of the path it spilled

molten, gut-fed tears upon the

earthen floor.

Too  long untended,

no power remained accessible.

No aid fanned the flame,

no second wind  rose up,

grown slow, sullen, slack,

silent, the miracle ember

withdrew, wearing the

blackened cloak of

yesterday, it cowered

in darkness. Alone.

But I know now.

The ember lives.

©Dorothy Sander 2013

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2013 8:38 pm

    Dorothy, this is absolutely stunning!! I did not know you wrote poetry as well as prose. I hope to see so more from you lady! You are a true poet!

    • February 25, 2013 10:20 pm

      Thank you Jennifer! Coming from you that’s a real compliment. I have been writing poetry for as long as I can remember. Lately, I’ve let it go in lieu of food on the table! 🙂 You were the one who actually inspired me to return to my roots more often. I love your poetry. It speaks to me.

  2. February 27, 2013 3:33 am

    Beautiful …

  3. March 1, 2013 5:28 pm

    Just gorgeous, Dorothy. This is the time of year when poetry renews.

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