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Have you ever watched a fire burn?

Have you ever watched a fire burn?

One night, I built a fire in my back yard. I watched the fire burn the bark from sticks, limbs and logs. I was mesmerized by sparks dancing in the dark. It seemed as if they played a never ending game of mystical tag. Your it...Your it.

The charcoal became hot and white. The fire had settled and wasn't going to travel. It sat. Hot but tame. Sparks no longer leaped through the air. In the cool, brisk, dew laden morning only cold ashes and char remained. A surface grave for the plants and wood that was once vibrant and alive. Burned to return to the earth. The fire consumed each and every thing it touched.

Anger, like fire, serves to burn the bark of fear or guilt that surrounds our hearts. Once the anger has quieted, the rawness of love can arise again from the ashes once they have cooled. If the flames of anger cannot be extinguished, love and caring dance away, into the sky like tiny embers dancing into the dark.

Have you ever watched a fire burn? I have.

Kevin S. "Kiki" Merigian © Jan 2015
Posted by Kevin Merigian at 11:16 AM
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