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Marti Martinson | 49 comments Embers in abandoned hearths

Sad the man who lives at home,
Content with his hearth.

Inspired by Fernando Pessoa in “The Fifth Empire”

Embers in abandoned hearths
are no form of sentinel,
no shape of regretful centurions.

Embers in abandoned hearths
cry no creeds of heralds,
blast no notes of destructive trumpets.

Embers in abandoned hearths
aid neither judge nor jury,
subdue neither empire nor village.

Embers in abandoned hearths
testify to discontent,
to the joy of uncertain burial.


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Philip Lee | 80 comments Mod
Dare I say that this is messianic piece, a vision of a non-violent, non-sectarian, non-judgemental future that glories in its anarchy?

So then what, pray, of the predatory wolves who leave no hearths behind?


message 3: by Marti (new)

Marti Martinson | 49 comments Actually, this was meant to be evocative of a SINGULAR journey from safety to newness. I just had the religious allusions cuz that's where I am right now.....But thank you for discovering a greater transcendence.....Wow. :)


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