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Vesta At Home
by Karen E Peace

Saturday, April 19, 2008
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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for R.L.S.
She tends her hearth with skill
                born of the experience of ages --
An ember coaxed aglow
                enflames a rack of logs,
                enfolding all the rooms
                in warmth against the bitter snow
A good woman,
A woman wise.
Her home is filled
                with the pine fragrance of love
                                slow burning, tender,
                                bright—but not overly so:
Past, her years of high-flaming fires
                which leap, amaze, and too soon die,
                which jettison their pointless heat
                up into the ungrateful winter sky.
Nowadays her hearth burns
                steady and true ,
                gentle, continuous, content,
                with only the occasional crackle,
                spark or two –
                                enough for interest, like a spice –
                                an occasional one or two suffice.
On the hearth bubbles a homey stew --
                its perfume of comfort penetrating
                the receptive grain of wooden walls --
A meal which like the unspectacular but constant fire,
For family and close friends, will more than do.
There comes a time of Elderhood
When love, like fire, burns low and serene –
                more wise and gentle than the
                                noisy, flamboyant tongues
                                                which lick the prematurely broken green
                                                to high crackling.
When young we crave the spray of spark
and little explosions entertain
But we often overlook the goodly power of an elder fire –
                that constant, ash-hidden, ember-rich flame.
-- c. 2004

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/20/2008
I appreciate your style and meaning, Karen. I claim to be nothing but still, I do love your expressions. Thank you for sharing your gifts,


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