if denied the warmth they yearn

rotisserie hearts predictably turn

enflaming selfish tongues to burn


glowing embers smolder & smoke

rising ashes threaten to choke

old conflagration easily stoke


innocents witness this ugly scene

wonder what white hot words may mean

soaking up pain of blame too keen


pour confessions’ water on flames

douse wildfire of relationship games

let forgiveness speak our new names





7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 18:47:09

    So much like the glow of ember.. that’s rage if there ever was one.. we need those water of confessions…


  2. Bryan Ens
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 17:15:08

    lovely! And so true that nothing but forgiveness can quench the flames that anger ignites!


  3. Glenn Buttkus
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 15:52:36

    Such imperfect creatures we be, whereby emotion trumps intellect, candor, & logic much too often; nice take on the prompt.


  4. kimnelsonwrites
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 15:44:05

    Your rhyme scheme, form and cadence add a lightness that belies the heavy topic.


  5. claudia
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 03:52:08

    let forgiveness speak our new names… it’s good when forgiveness wins and the anger ceases…. ugh…


  6. Victoria C. Slotto
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 03:14:13

    Very effective–both in the expression of anger and in the form.


  7. Laurie Kolp
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 01:48:51

    I wouldn’t have wanted to be a witness to this.


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