Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "Like a Sleeping Dragon"

This poem is from the December 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "latent heat" square in my 12-3-17 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo  fest.

"Like a Sleeping Dragon"

The fireplace waits
like a sleeping dragon.

It slumbers through summer,
estivating, the rough brick and
smooth metal never quite cool.

In autumn, it wakens with a red roar
of flames around fresh firewood.

It breathes heat through the house
all evening, and then at night,
it drops into a doze.

In the morning,
you can lay a hand
on its flanks and feel
the latent heat,

never far away.

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