Phoenix

There is no drama in most moments, but the accumulation becomes a story.  One day you wake up, or you think you wake up.  But something burns—you can smell it in the air.  Ashes of yesterday are falling from the sky.  You thought the past was dead, but it has only rearranged itself into today, or is it already tomorrow? 

And what happened yesterday anyway?

I went out to the hazel wood because a fire was in my head.  I walked and walked and walked until I came to a pool of water, still and deep.  I sat beside it, watching my reflection smolder, waiting for something to be revealed.  The light scattered on the liquid surface held me and gave me a different life, turned me inside out.

Now I am only flames, or was that yesterday?  Which side am I on?

For the dVerse Prosery prompt from Kim, some inspiration from Yeats: ‘I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head’.

The art is from a series of constellation poems I did for Pure Haiku. Freya’s current theme is Unfurling–you can submit until February 28.

34 thoughts on “Phoenix

    1. Thanks David. What a nice compliment! I try to do free writing at least a few times a week and this came from one of those sessions. It’s always interesting what the mind comes up with when left to its own devices uncensored.

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  1. I love that the prompt lines evoked the phoenix for you, Kerfe, and the gorgeous artwork complements your words. Your piece appeals to all the senses: the smell of something burning in the air, the ashes falling from the sky, the reflections in the pool and the ‘light scattered on the liquid surface’. Intensely beautiful writing.

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  2. My goodness this is good! I love how evocatively you suggest the things that take form in the shape of questions – past, present, (future?) in the mind. Especially a poetic mind. 💝💝 We are phoenixes forever evolving 🙂

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