I think like many, the first thing to come to mind was giant marshmallows. I have been craving s’mores ever since. Then I saw burning books and Pagan skyclad fireside rituals which became visions of cannibals cooking. Next the scene from Waiting to Exhale popped into my head. Angela Basset’s glorious bonfire, her husband’s things burning in his car. This finally led me to the Burning Bed. This is were I stopped. Sorry if you preferred one of the lighter subjects.
The Burning Bed
As you lit upon the scene
And gravity tipped
whispering love affairs
Fiery passions on bare skin
Engulfed, flames embrace
Wounds of our past rise
Igniting your whisky breath
Smoke stained walls bleeding
damaged hearts rage on
murky doubt filing up cracks
blood boiling over
There is no escape
The trusses can’t bear the strain
Groaning from the weight
I am kindling, trapped
Your inferno raging hot
Ache lodged in my bones
Terror and teardown
Life exploding like fireworks
Across the night sky
Love burning to dust
A white flash as hearts explode
our house left to ruin
Happy Birthday to our glorious and fearless leader Rochelle. May you celebrate with s’mores. Please make sure you read the other contributions. And if inspired join in the 100 word weekly madness.
Dear Dana, Fantastic poetry – so much emotion and feelings in this piece. Excellent! Nan 🙂
Thanks Nan. That’s what I was aiming for.
Dana, Powerful feelings were expressed so well in this piece. Well written. 🙂 —Susan
A powerful poem with great images that will linger with me
Thanks Siobhan. I plan to expand this piece beyond the 100 word limit and add more.
Very powerful, I enjoyed it so much.
Thanks. I had fun playing with the emotion in this piece.
Dana, this is fantastic! The prose is so powerful and tells such a painful story. I don’t know what I’d really do, but I’ve always imagined that I would be like Angela Bassett and burn it all! 😉
Me too Dawn! I love the idea of piling it all in his car and lighting it up. I know it is wrong but it would feel so good. 🙂
I remember the movie The Burning Bed. Powerful as is your poem.
BTW the Angela Bassette scene in WTE is one of my favorite scenes ever. 😉
Thank you for the birthday wishes.
Right? That scene in WTE is the best. You know we have all wished to be so bold in our lives at one time or another.
The movie the Burning Bed was the impetus. Glad my poem does it justice.
This piece is truly lovely from new love to disappointment and everything in between. Favorite lines:Fiery passions on bare skin,Wounds of our past rise, damaged hearts rage on, Ache lodged in my bones, Love burning to dust. No time to list my second favorites. Thanks for writing a gorgeous piece.
Thanks Alicia. Those are some of my favorites as well. I had fun writing this fire journey.
Lots of heat of various kinds in this. A shame it all came to such an end.
It is often the ones that burn the hottest that combust in the end. Thanks Janet
I’m a sucker for poetry and I enjoyed this read. Sensational!
Thank WM. I hadn’t written poetry in a while. It was time. Glad you liked it.
Great use of words to describe the fire and passions in this story.
Thanks. I had to put some thought into burning passions and their turn to capture the full consumption and destruction.
Well written, full of passion.