Saturday, February 13, 2010

Valentine's Day addendum

I know I already offered my two bits on Valentine's Day but I wanted to reiterate the personal value of the holiday. At least spend the day being nice to other folks.

Picked out a plant for Ma, hope she likes it. She's not picky but she does know her flowers. Taking her out to dinner tomorrow. :-)

She and I had a long talk today about family stuff. Sometimes you have to make hard choices for better things to happen down the road.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a pleasant day with those you hold close. Telling people you care can be as worthwhile as flashing a diamond ring.

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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