Today over at The Bardo, Victoria has hosted the Writer’s Fourth Wednesday and prompted us to write an Ekphrasis. She says,
“Ekphrasis is a term for writing that is inspired by a work of art, whatever media or subject that may be.” She used the example of Keats’ Ode on a Grecian Urn and invited us to write our own Ekphrasis for something which inspired us. Since we are celebrating International Photography Month over there, as well, I wanted to use a gorgeous photo by one of our many talented photographers, Terri Stewart.
So, without further ado, here is my entry for the prompt.
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~ Fire, Recycled ~
I bite the night,
licking and tickling
the dark air’s edges.
Greedy, I feed my flickering maw,
in a cavorting, capricious dance.
Men need me.
I call to the primal nature of primates,
a spark against the shadow,
bringer of both life and death.
Is it any wonder the mighty Phoenix
calls me home?
Once sated, my orange and carmine coals will fade,
leaving only amber embers to drift into gray dust.
Even my ashes will provide sustenance
to the green things the gentle gardener grows .
You see, I never truly die,
I am fire,
~ C.L.R. ~ © 2014