Campfire | A Poem

CAMPFIRE


A piece of night;

A million pixel-points

Shine down through

A feathered chimney of pine.



Hypnotic flicker

Of friendly flame,

Logs snap as sparks

Rise to try and meet the stars.



Mountain hush of night birds

And whispering stream

Entrance the soul with

Cool, comforting contentment;


They immolate

And wash away my cares.


© 11-18-97 C.E. Carl
© rev. 6-1--15 C.E. Carl Elias


First photo is a NASA public domain image.
Other photos by Pixabay.

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whonunuwho 18 months ago from United States

Very nice work and so refreshing to the soul. whonu


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DzyMsLizzy 18 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Thank you very much, whonunuwho! I'm glad you liked this offering.


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billybuc 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

I'd say that pretty well describes it. Beautiful vision, Lizzy!


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Nell Rose 18 months ago from England

Loved this one Lizzy! you know how to write a great poem!


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DzyMsLizzy 18 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Thank you very much, Bill; I'm delighted you liked this poem so well. I love camping, and miss it, so this one tugged at me when I was going through my old books.


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DzyMsLizzy 18 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, Nell!

So pleased you like this poem so much. Many thanks for your kind words of praise!


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Vellur 18 months ago from Dubai

Lovely images painted through your words, enjoyed reading and voted up.


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bravewarrior 18 months ago from Central Florida

You're quite talented, Lizzy. I love the poetic side of your creative work!


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DzyMsLizzy 18 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

@ Vellur - I'm delighted you liked this poem and could 'see' the images. Thanks so much for the visit and votes!

@ bravewarrior - Many, many thanks! I'm really surprised and pleased that my poems are resonating with people. I'm glad you liked this one as well. ;)


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cat on a soapbox 18 months ago from Los Angeles

Lizzy,

This is imagery at its best! I am right there taking it all in, and all of my senses say "thanks for the memories!" Beautifully written:)


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DzyMsLizzy 18 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello there, cat on a soapbox!

Thanks so very much for your praise!

I'm most pleased to have triggered some pleasant memories for you.


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Pearldiver 18 months ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Ouch... lazy, lazy imagery I have to say, so much that I must have dozed off Zzzzzzz... Until I woke up and found my shoe on fire!!! I hated that burning sensation felt as a result of hazy, lazy warmth... Ouch!

Well done, you have captured the romance of the outdoor fire, one I'm happy to share while fishing on our current clear winter's nights... Now... did you get a permit Lizzy? Haven't seen you for awhile stranger... nice to come back to the warmth of eloquent wordsmithing... Got you there for a second didn't I :) Up 'n up Take care


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DzyMsLizzy 18 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello, Pearldiver - Aww, so sorry your shoe caught fire; I hope you had your pail of water and shovel nearby as required! ;-)

Glad you enjoyed this oldie. (Actually, all my poems are oldies; I haven't written any new ones in a long time...)


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Pearldiver 18 months ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Well then Lizzy... there's a statement of inspiration screaming to be set free. Don't worry I didn't like the shoe anyway... having two left feet, it didn't fit properly anyway. Let me know in July if you want an invite to publish some of your poetry in NZ... I'm sure it will be well received... there... that might bring your muse back. Take care & cheers for your smile... Rob


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DzyMsLizzy 18 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Thank you, Pearldiver, for that kind invitation. I will try to remember, and contact you then. If my brain doesn't go on an AWOL vacation, that is. ;-)


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Pearldiver 18 months ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

I'll remind you... don't worry mine's like an elephant's... Hahaha I just wish I hadn't ended up with the trunk as well.


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DzyMsLizzy 18 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

LOL! Now THERE'S a visual..... ;-)


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The Examiner-1 18 months ago

It was interesting, though I was not sure if I should give it a thumbs up. I did since most of it was beautiful it was only one line which made me unsure. I voted up, shared and pinned it.

Kevin


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DzyMsLizzy 18 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi Kevin--thanks, I think! ;-) Glad you at least semi-enjoyed this poem, and I thank you for the vote, share, and pin.


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The Examiner-1 18 months ago

Let me explain. I liked the entire poem - until I reached the second from last line. "Sacrifice" did not fit in with the rest of it. I did not understand why that was there.

Kevin


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DzyMsLizzy 18 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

I see. Well, I did not use or intend the word in that way; I only mean strictly in the 'burning' sense, so my cares are burned away. If there is any 'sacrifice' involved, then I am 'sacrificing' cares and worries; not a bad thing to do. ;)


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The Examiner-1 18 months ago

Oh. I had looked up the meaning (3 explanations) to see if it meant what I thought. They matched. So I tried a second place totally different from the first and I received basically the same ones. I tried anyway.

Kevin


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annart 17 months ago from SW England

How beautiful is that?! You've captured the mood perfectly; I was there around that fire.

Ann


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DzyMsLizzy 17 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, Ann!

Well, thank you so much. I'm delighted you enjoyed this word picture so well, and could place yourself within.


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teaches12345 17 months ago

You have me dreaming about the stars, Ms Lizzy. This is a beautiful expression of nature.


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DzyMsLizzy 17 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello, teaches12345,

Ah, thank you so very much. I am delighted I was able to paint a picture for you, as I am not skilled with a brush... ;-)

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