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Smoldering wicks

Updated on June 18, 2013

In the fire

I saw you

in the flickering shadow

the warmth of your hand grew the blade of grass


I saw you in the yellow

and I took every promise

painted them upon a beating canvas

it was beautiful

but cold

as they had frozen white upon the cherry blossoms

slowly waiting for spring

but the dripping never came



your muse played a symphony

and I applauded

following your bread crumbs

to green apple lips

the surface of a reflection

I couldn't see in


I wanted more than you could give

I lit the candles more than I can remember

but every scent grew hollow

as every drop of oil

left a trail that red could never follow



I hold the ashes from trees never planted

and cast their seeds into winds forgotten

for this fire is only a memory

and I cannot hold these burning embers

any longer

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    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Thanks so much rahul... appreciate that very much... Yes indeed... sometimes I hold onto the memories for too long, instead of moving on... Peace my friend

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      Jessee R 

      5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      The Imagery is beautiful...

      I see a memoir of forlorn forgotten affection painted over a canvas with a mesmerizing play of words

      brilliant

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      thanks blaise... exactly :) took me awhile to realize that sometimes the people you call friends, are just the people you've known the longest

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      epigramman, thanks so much my friend... really appreciate that :) I like your taste in music as well... a little Mozart does the heart well... and a full moon over a frozen lake sounds quite beautiful

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      epigramman, thanks so much my friend... really appreciate that :) I like your taste in music as well... a little Mozart does the heart well... and a full moon over a frozen lake sounds quite beautiful

    • blaise25 profile image

      Fehl Dungo 

      5 years ago from close to you...

      "In the fire

      I saw you

      in the flickering shadow..."

      -even from the start, this already echoes beautiful imagery...how could your friends not get it :) If they go forth, they would see and feel a lot more..

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      .....well Sir Eric, I didn't think men wrote like this anymore, but you are an old soul in the new/now generation and you infuse modern sensibilities into your writing but you also keep the candles burning for romanticism too - sending you warm wishes under the full moon over a frozen lake with some lovely Mozart playing but the music will get raunchier and crazier as the night wears on - lol - lake erie time canada 7:22pm

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Thanks so much blaise... one of the things I love about this place, is that writers and poets get to reach each other... and they get it... that's the best feeling... I know I've shown my poetry to friends before, and they never did get it... thank you!!

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Thanks so much Rolly... that means alot to me, really appreciate your time and words... thank you!

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Thanks so much Rolly... that means alot to me, really appreciate your time and words... thank you!!!

    • blaise25 profile image

      Fehl Dungo 

      5 years ago from close to you...

      your muse played a symphony

      and I applauded

      following your bread crumbs

      to green apple lips

      --Oh wow, Wolf just oh wow! I could hear the embers sparkling your every word.

    • Rolly A Chabot profile image

      Rolly A Chabot 

      5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi SiberianWolf... touching, reaches into the soul of any man who knows how to love from the heart... well written...

      Rolly in Canada

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      hey DDE thank you, for your time and kind words :) Peace

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Thanks so much Mhatter... I appreciate you feeling the ink :) Seems there are only two sides to the coin of love...

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Most impressive !Great expressions

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Bravo, Nice work. A thrill for an imagination. Thank you

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