The Importance of Rekindling

Written for:  Friday Writings #58:  Reclaim, Rekindle, Rebirth

"I invite you to create poetry or prose inspired by the words Reclaim, Rekindle, Rebirth. Use one, two, or all three words in your writing. Be literal or metaphorical. As always, the choice is yours."

As a fire needs rekindling
to boost flame and warmth,
so, too, does love,
friendship, caring 
for others.  Apathy enters
when a door opens wide
to a darkness of widespread
illness, fear, leaders 
who do not lead, but rather seek
disunity, disruption,
and deceit.  Role models
are as rare as selfless
politicians.  The anger
and hatred out there
is palpable.  Which people
will suffer next–those 
of color, certain religious
beliefs, or those from
other countries of origin?  
Poke and prod.  Stoke
those dying embers,
and cold hearts.  Do not
let the flame die.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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19 Responses to The Importance of Rekindling

  1. Letting the flame die can even be as bad as provoking or nursing anger


  2. Margaret Schaff Bednar says:

    … you certainly wrote of our times… We do need more warmth…


  3. Troubled times, indeed!


  4. Especially important these days. We can’t forget to feed good will.


  5. marja says:

    You are right Apathy is the reaction to the darkness of this time. We mustn’t let that flame die


  6. Yes, to keeping the flame alive! I hope to see a warming of those cold hearts.


  7. Aah you speak such truth here…. they keep rekindling that flame of hate and war… while what the world really needs is compassion and justice. Loved this one, Sara.


  8. dsnake1 says:

    Oh yes, i liked what you said about apathy, it is the silent beast that is devouring one’s conscience. Keep the flame burning.


  9. Who’ll be the next group to suffer from the WEF’s attempted takeover? Isn’t it obvious? Americans will. Are doing. Maybe that’ll at least teach us to stop thinking about groups and see our neighbors as individuals.


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