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Campfire

Updated on January 17, 2010
by larcher on flickr
by larcher on flickr

Silly girl put you imagination away, tend the fire

My thoughts are tending another fire

Breathe life back into it

Like has been done to me

Focus here, stoke it up lest it goes out

This other burns, beckoning bright

The embers are your charge and they diminish

But this fire builds and burns in my belly

There the flames are growing now

I see the hot tongues lick the damp beams

Stop, focus on the heat, devouring the wood

Yes licking, devouring, wood

Hopeless lusty poet you are beyond reason

Mesmerizing flames rhythmically sway

No! smoldering ash and sparkling cinders fly

Yes I’m smoldering, and sparks fly from me

Can’t you just look at a fire and let it be a fire

Steady burning, long, strong, timbers

I’m defeated, keeping your mind clean exhausts me

Release me to play amongst the fiery coals, let me toast


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    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Blue it doesn't look like you read Covet.

    • R. Blue profile image

      R. Blue 

      9 years ago from Right here

      .....I like all your work. Can't decide....I'll have to read them over just one more time :-)

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Not in my metaphoric mind they can't.  So was I right Blue, was Lollipop your real favorite, over this poem?

    • R. Blue profile image

      R. Blue 

      9 years ago from Right here

      What about lollipops?.....can a sucker just be a sucker....and is a cigar just a cigar?

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Why thank you J. I bet fires aren't just fires to you either, nor trees, trees, nor beaches, beaches.

    • J.Stump profile image

      J. Stump 

      9 years ago from USA

      I liked it alot

      can't you just look at a fire and let it be a fire

      no because that would be a waste of a good fire

      good game RB

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks Cris, I wrote this one on my lap with my feet on the fire ring. I really did almost let that damn fire go out. I get so lost in my own head sometimes.

    • Cris A profile image

      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I like the inner battle that waged between the fire that smolders and fire that scorches. Great poem! Thanks for sharing :D

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Blue, Your favorite really? I'd think lollipop was more your style.

      The "come on baby light my fire," one?

    • R. Blue profile image

      R. Blue 

      9 years ago from Right here

      This is one of my alltime favorites from you....I see you through the flames.....you should add the Doors song "FIRE" as the background music to this one.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Ixxy, what would I do with a book?

      Thank you, "Art." :)

    • lxxy profile image

      lxxy 

      9 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      You need a book, Missbehaves in a Randy-like manner. I truly enjoyed this, thanks for sharing it with us!

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Really NT, I don't think I need any more fuel. It's hot in here already.

    • Not Telling profile image

      Not Telling 

      9 years ago from Eastern Nowhere

      'scuse me. Oh, nothin. This? No, it's not gasoline. Honest.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Ohhhhh. Ya, read "Long Time Coming."

    • trooper22 profile image

      trooper22 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Metaphorically speaking, I.E. attack with the intent of love, not harm.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Trooper, when did I assault him the first time?

      BC, busy holiday weekend for sure.

    • trooper22 profile image

      trooper22 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Let me guess, you assaulted your husband again? :D

      I love the dialog style of this, original, and dare I say...HOT!

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Well thank you J. Although I'm not sure what side to root for.

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      Jason Reuter 

      9 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Often, though I'm happy to say, the good has been winning lately. Yet the battle rages on...

      Nice work, RB. You've certainly got a talent with words.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Does anyone else have these battles with themselves. The good and the not so?

    • Hawkesdream profile image

      Hawkesdream 

      9 years ago from Cornwall

      Very descriptive , Randy, hahum, in every sense of the word.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Candie V - Thank you soooo much.

      Manly if I ever write a serious piece of art you can hold your pun then, for now the more the merrier.

    • manlypoetryman profile image

      manlypoetryman 

      9 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

      RandyB...glad you bring the humor and wit right along with your "explosive" details to your poems...I was thinking that I might pun too much on previous comments...

    • Candie V profile image

      Candie V 

      9 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I'm taking notes RB! You can put things into words that I only dream of saying! Although I doubt 'Hallmark' has a category for them in their card selection. Their loss. I enjoy your writing!

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Manly, Thanks for coming and punning.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Rina - Thanks for coming back. Your first comment had the whole hub pasted in it. All the computer speak programming stuff, it was about 10 inches long.

      You did write this too, "Someone wanting to keep his mind "clean" - ha, what's that???" LOL.

    • manlypoetryman profile image

      manlypoetryman 

      9 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

      Definitely...illustrating heat from this "Campfire"...Well done...as usual, RB!

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      RinaMonte 

      9 years ago

      Great poem, (and I don't know what happened to the previous comment). Great metaphors.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks Art, dancing is definitely on today's agenda.

      Kushal, Glad you liked it.

      Hmmm, Candie could I get one of my poems "hot" enough for you? I think I couldn't publish it here. lol.

    • Candie V profile image

      Candie V 

      9 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Fantastic! Hot yet not hot enough. I loved it!

    • Kushal Poddar profile image

      Kushal Poddar 

      9 years ago from Kolkata,India

      Powerful

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      Art 

      9 years ago

      I’m defeated, keeping your mind clean exhausts me Release me to play amongst the fiery coals, let me toast Release yourself Randy and dance between the flames, geat poem !

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Chris, how did I know you'd side with the lusty fire?

    • Christoph Reilly profile image

      Christoph Reilly 

      9 years ago from St. Louis

      I was right with you. I love the battle between the two fires. The right fire won!

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks nms, I'm glad you liked it.

    • nms profile image

      nms 

      9 years ago from Cochin

      really nice one

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