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The Bonfire Beckons You

A warm poem

By Oneg In The ArcticPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - September 2023
The Bonfire Beckons You
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Embers whisper old tales

The hiss between the cracking and crackling reminds of old aches and memories between joints

As twigs snap from pressure and heat

There’s a dance between sizzle and smother

As smoke rises like a hand

Curving to cup the moon

Wisdom nestled between charred logs

Coals turned ashy from time cushion those stories

A hush settles around the flame in calm anticipation

For a tale cannot be rushed

Nor a spark hurried into survival

There’s a gentleness required in this destructive element

An understanding of give and take

Of life and death

Of care and destruction

Embers whisper of crushed essence

While flames waltz across star-filled sky

What a beauty of contradictions

What a delicate balance to maintain


Thank you graciously for taking the time to read my poem. I had felt the need and itch to write but I didn’t quite know what about.

To be honest, I feel quite chilly and not the greatest, and perhaps I just craved some warmth. I’m not too sure where the idea of writing about a fire came from, but it was spontaneous and helpful. It scratched that itch!

I urge you too, to think about what you might need or want right now in this moment. How can you restore your balance? What is it that you desire but haven’t had the time to entertain? What is it that you feel is missing?

And then, write the poem.

This poem was originally published on Medium under my pseudonym Poet in the Arctic.

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About the Creator

Oneg In The Arctic

A storyteller and poet of arctic adventures, good food, identity, mental health, and more.

Water is Life ✊

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Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!

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  • The Dani Writer2 months ago

    I missed this but stumbled upon it in the perfect moment. Warmth always a winner by me. I can completely ignore people griping about how hot it is. Heat is life! "...reminds of old aches and memories between joints." I'm rolling around in this one Oneg, it's a beauty! And your commentary at the end? Priceless AND timely! Gonna do just that and take...my...time. "For a tale cannot be rushed, nor a spark hurried into survival...What a beauty of contradictions. What a delicate balance to maintain." Mega thanks Dear One!

  • Takudzwa Mlambo2 months ago

    Great choice of words. Thirsty for more!

  • Ruby Red2 months ago

    very nice! i was cold and now i'm toasty warm...and craving marshmallows!

  • JBaz2 months ago

    Congratulations on Top story, this was so vivid and descritpive.

  • Margaret Brennan2 months ago

    I think it's awesome. Wonderful insight to what can warm, emotionalize, mesmerize, and harm - all at the same time.

  • Judey Kalchik 2 months ago

    I think this is at once a comforting and a sensual poem. Lovely.

  • Celia in Underland2 months ago

    That was a wonderful scratch to an itch! Beautifully done! 🤍 Super congrats on Top Story!

  • Melissa Ingoldsby2 months ago

    Love this. Especially since you wrote it feeling chilly and decided to write about fire, such a cozy concept! Congratulations 🎉 on top story

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Congrats on the TS

  • Naveed2 months ago

    Fantastic!!! and Congratulations on your Top Story

  • Great work and Congratulations on your Top Story🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • Tiffany Gordon 2 months ago

    gorgeous work Oneg, so utterly elegant!

  • I'm so happy this scratched your itch! It was a very beautiful poem!

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Fantastic!!! Brilliantly written!!!💕♥️♥️

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Beautiful piece. Well done, as always.

  • You had me at bonfire, Oneg. And you captured my delight with watching them marvelously.

  • Alex H Mittelman 2 months ago

    Terrific! Very tenebrous!

  • That opening line 👌👌👌 Cracking and crackling…. a dance between sizzle and smother… There is something I really love about these pairings of words! A beautiful poem as a whole also ❤️🕊️✨

  • Just beautiful. Like a hand cupping the moon. What a fabulous visual

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