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  • Grey Ash Hoping

    Grey Ash Hoping

    Choked, grey cinders
    Some embers remain
    Fighting to proclaim
    A flicker; hidden flames

    The temperature drops
    Empty seats surround
    No promise of return
    Without warmth abound

    Yet smouldering fires
    Reignite in the open
    Peatlands and forests
    Leaving grey ash hoping



  • #2
    Invoking Smokey , kind of neat.

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    • #3
      I've read this several times Karen, trying to picture in my mind the literal description of the setting. It begs the wonder in me though, to a consider a wider, metaphorical application. Was there a photo prompt with this one too, or are you in fact alluding to a situation rather than setting?

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      • mooneyblack
        mooneyblack commented
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        Hi Paula, yes I'm alluding to a situation prompted by a reference to older age being 'grey'. Of how ageing can be associated with the diminishing of the fire/passion within ourselves and or, relationships; how you can be left when the passion/interest goes cold. Equally how that can remain but perhaps not so visible and be reignited - if that makes sense - just where my mind wandered with it.

      • RhymeLovingWriter
        RhymeLovingWriter commented
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        I've heard that too - and can definitely see how you captured it here. Thanks for elaborating.

    • #4
      I’ve used ashes and fire and embers a lot in my poetry so I’m a fan. Great job Mooneyblack.

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      • mooneyblack
        mooneyblack commented
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        Thank you, AtL; much appreciated.

    • #5
      Hello Karen, All that the smouldering peat needs, is a gush of wind to rouse it into flame or when an old poet takes to wing on a gust of inspiration. A lovely poem from the peatlands of turf diggers and fireside poets. Excellent! Fond regards, Tony.

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      • mooneyblack
        mooneyblack commented
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        Thank you, Tony; "may the wind be always at your back" Cheers Karen
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