Glimpses of Our Hearts 4 - "To Ashes"

By Elaine Friebele

Sipping wine by the fire

on this cold blustery night

distractions fall away

like leaves in autumn

By glowing embers

the dog sighs her contentment

orange flames hypnotic, lick the air

Tree of the forest warms me

in its after life

Confessions, self-doubt

sadness, rage

I add to the pyre

saying goodbye with a smile

Journal pages, tree, even self-flagellation

turn to ash