THE FUNERAL PYRE
Copyright 2011 Gordon Kuhn “Poet in the Rain”
The following is a poetic reflection on
All the Beautiful Things
written by author Andrew Meek.
The flames licked and sucked upon the food,
T’was fed the crackling heart of fire lent;
As papers, memories, laughter, all the beautiful things, loves past mood
Orange, red, and curling grey rose and ate until all was spent.
Nothing there was to be kept.
All there over each had been wept.
A slender hand fed food the glowing, hungry, naked beast,
Which ate so hungrily the memories stained with fallen tears
And, how oddly, she, the igniter of the flames, not in the least,
Came to realize, burning memories set her free, reduced her fears.
Nothing in memory or tangible she brought there was to be kept.
All brought there over each had been silent wept.
That all that had been or was to be, had come and gone now with the ticking of passing time
As memories had failed to stand with her neither strong nor true
Alone, now, she watched dreams reduce to ashes, and heard a distant church bell chime
And then, in deep and stark awareness knew, she had stood true to herself and seen the issue through.
Nothing else in memory had been for her that day was kept.
All that was or could have been over each had been silently wept.