Poem: Stories Around the Fire


Stories Around the Fire

There are stories left yet to write.
Intimate tales of survival and restoration,
songs of those who remain
despite the angriest slings and arrows.

Some of them found their target.
Most did not. That is the way of battles.
At a certain point, luck plays a part,
what strikes the vital parts and which
merely leave you bleeding to fight a new day.

And the one who survives writes the songs,
Homer of the small wars, a battered bard
who never forgets, quite, how to dance.

About this poem

Homer is the Greek poet who wrote the Illiad and the Oddessy.

I love talking to survivors. No matter what they survive, it is inspirational to know they did, and we can.

The picture was taken in my backyard, in our firepit.


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