06 April 2012

F is for Flame

is for flame.

Fire is a basic element, so basic we forget how vital it is. A fire draws people to it for warmth and light, it burns away filth, it cooks.

A few months ago the boys and I were in the backyard, they were playing ball or in the dirt, and I was supposed to be grilling. Instead, I was building a fire in the fire pit. The boys stayed around for a while because I told them they could help, but when the first few attempts to light it failed, they moved on to more active things.

The truth was I just wanted to sit and stare at the burning wood. Fire, especially the solitary flame, is mesmerizing; when the wood burns down, begins to fall apart, the embers are still glowing, still emitting small flames that you can only see if you stare hard.

Solitary, beautiful
That's what I wanted, to let the flames take me away for a short while. And when it was too dark for the boys to play outside, and dinner was over, I went back out and sat.

I can't say what I thought about. But the heat danced on my face like the flames on the branches, and as it sizzled and hummed, I smiled at its beautiful simplicity. It's curious something so dangerous can be breathtaking at the same time.


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Tracy Makara said...

What a great choice for the F post! Flame is definitely mesmerizing. Sounds like you had a great evening.

Alex said...

In those sorts of situations it's hard to really think about anything at all. You just drink in the atmosphere.

A.M. Swan said...

Yay Fire - so important and a great motif. Yay Agatha Christie too - as in things we might also like. I like Agatha Christie.

MOV said...

lovely and poetic post! found you on the a to z challenge and will definitely be back to read more. I am following now (but not in a stalker-ish way or anything...)

feel free to check out my blog too if you have time. I write humor (or at least I pretend to):



DeniseCovey_L_Aussie said...

I agree. A fire draws us by some primeval instinct. Mesmerizing for sure.


Debbie McConnell said...

It's amazing how lost in a flame we can get.

Stopping by via the A-Z Challenge.


John Teal said...

I can spend hours watching the patterns in the embers. Flames are truly inspiring.

Called in from the A-Z


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