Reinventing a Life

It’s been fifteen years now since I’ve lived with wood,
with the hot rich smell of cellulose and bark and moss
and all the rest of that elemental flotsam and jetsam
that accrues to stove-sized logs meant for burning.

I step into the pitch black of the New England night
and scrabble, mole-blind, in the woodpile,
stacked careless and untended next to the door
set into the concrete of my dwelling-place.

My needing-to-be-roughened hands touch
lichen, leaves and who knows what as I pull carefully,
extracting one log at a time, careful not to yank a piece
that supports too many of its brothers.

I don’t want to be buried – at least not yet, and not under
lengths of dead dismembered trees. I want to live to smell
that fire, drown myself in its flames and re-emerge shriven:
clean, denuded of tricksy visions and false hopes.

I must be clear-eyed now in this new life;
I must sew together these ragtag scraps
of my life’s crazy-quilt into something
that will serve as my standard setting out from here.

© 2012 RC deWinter

Reinventing a Life

RC deWinter

Fairfield, United States

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