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Poem & Pic of the Month: February 2015

Every month, I post one of my poems (paired with one of my pictures), sharing its origin and some of its essence. Here is my Poem & Pic of the Month for February 2015:


by Patrick Bishop

The fire rises

Always rising, seeking its highest point

Higher, always higher

A flickering flame

A moment in time

Flashing upward like a dance with now

Always rising

The flame doesn't hesitate and wonder,

or doubt and fret,

"Should I go higher?!"

No. It flashes and strikes out.

Now. Now. Now... always now.

Taking whatever the moment gives

Even as it fades

There is no boasting of past flames

Or regrets of lost heights

Always ready to dance with now

And take the highest point

The moment gives


This is the third poem I wrote when I started writing in the spring of 2013. I was sitting in our new living room by myself watching the fire. As I watched the flames, I was noticing how high they go and contemplating this phenomenon. It really is a pretty amazing thing when you simply sit and notice. Flames go as high as they can... always.

The Picture

Taken from the Grand Haven pier in 2008. It's not often I think of the sun as fire, but of course, it is.

© 2015 by Patrick Bishop; all rights reserved.

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