Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sooooo close...

Hitting the road to Virginia tomorrow. Taking Mom down to see the Toomer family and their kids. I expect there will be many photos and videos taken over Christmas. Be prepared for an overload of cute that my nephews will supply.

Don't worry, Dave. I will be back in time for your wedding on Sunday.

If it was warmer, I'd be tempted to give Fredricksburg another look. It is along the way. But I don't think I will trouble Mom with such a pit stop.

Unfortunately I won't be able to pick another bottle of Tobacco Road Blues from Tomahawk Mill Vineyard. Chatham is like three hours away from Richmond. Maybe I will find some in the stores near Richmond, cross your fingers. Tobacco Road is a red blend I became fond of during my last trip to Virginia and I've only got one bottle left.

It will be nice to get away for a bit again and see them country folks in Virginia ;-)

I wonder if they'll let me do some baking while I'm down there... not that I need to eat any more desserts! But it will be Christmas after all.

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