"CAN YE FEEL SO NOW?" (Alma 5: 14, 26)

I nonchalantly slide the white-bright ember

from the fire and watch it for a while.

It shines an ever-reddening hue,

holding its glow while I muse.

But unfocused stare

ignores its spectrum slip

to ruby-blood.

A chill, from somewhere,

rouses me from drowsy nod.

I quickly rise and thrust the ember to the fire,

before its light

goes out completely. 

Steve Dunn Hanson














Spokane Valley, Washington 2011