Thursday, November 20, 2008

I have arrived in Virginia

I am now in Richmond at the home of my sister, Melody, her husband, Joseph and their sons Joshua and Justin. Made the drive in mostly good time until I hit traffic just south of Washington, DC. My nephews are confusing me with another of their uncles from their father's family. I have to keep saying "I'm Uncle JP" every few minutes. It's kind of funny. But they are very little so the confusion is to be expected. I'll spend the night here and then Friday head up to Fredericksburg. I booked a ghost tour for myself for Friday night. Fredericksburg is the most haunted city in the country, so they say... We shall see what the night brings. Stay tuned, more to come...

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Flame and Bone

When I was made from fire
Poured into the tender vessel of caution
That keeps my smoke from rising
Quickly did I discover that apart from crisp drizzles or falling snow
The world chilled my touched
Walking the narrow cornered gap between girders and cut stone
One learns to tuck his shoulders in or risk
Jostling a neighbor passing by rapt with want
For a clear path without the distraction
Of another man's boiling eyes
The tip of a finger
That oldest of all weapons
Grown deadlier and pristine in its invention
Gathers a mote of a cinder on its bare flesh
And turns pondering how best to scratch the impious itch
Prying open the tender seam
Where the oil of thought dews
Offering a new wick to ignite
Squirming alive as a salamander of mischief
That yearns for a taste of air it is so ready to devour
The steam of breath betrays me
Before the glint of orange spreads
In popping bright waves
Eroding the fibers feeding it
Leaving naught but ash
As my shell of quietude falls away