Carbon Cycle

About the things we burned.

The leaves we gathered
so many brittle memories
raked into poem piles
we lit
and oh how they caught
and burned
signal fires on hilltops
dispatches from the front lines
tactical maneuvers
casualty reports
little pyres
clean down to ash
that turns a grey mud
in the season’s first cold rain.

Some things are meant to be burned.
Some deserve
the necessary fires that purge
and release
the magic of pencils and diamonds.

With the scent of strawberry and smoke in your hair
I could love you still more.

*     *     *     *     *

Now normally this would go in the Comments section, but I’m the blogger, so I make (break) the rules. A bit of archeaology, digging in the midden pile, turns up the derivation of this poem:

um, i think this thread got started here:, and was answered here:, then got ping-ponged back to this piece, with the answering cry here: try to keep up, people. “

Of course, it is hard to say who ever really had the first word. After all, we are descended from giants.

About Ray Sharp

Poet, endurance athlete, retired public health planner
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5 Responses to Carbon Cycle

  1. Whimsy Mimsy says:

    Oh my…

    I love this – and i dont give poem love lightly. I’m IN LOVE with the last lines.

  2. Tasha says:

    I love this poem (: in awe

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