The sound of fire

I still see music (though
I doubt others can) when
she sticks her tongue out,
that playful wit flickering

just behind her eyes
as she impishly invites me
to join her by the fire.

Before, I went through life
in shadows trying to make
as little noise as possible,
but she lit a spark inside me.

Now flames flutter in rhythm
to the kindred tune rustling
between my melting ears,

at home in the
boisterous warmth —
she makes faces
just for me.


© 2021 | Phillip Knight Scott

Written for the dVerse Open Link Night #303 using Fandango’s One Word Challenge (music), Word of the Day Challenge (wit), and Brave & Reckless Daily Writing Prompt (kindred).

Published by Phillip Knight Scott

My name is Phillip. I live in North Carolina with my wife of 12 years and 5-year-old son. I am a Tar Heel born and bred and watch every Yankees game I can. I'm still searching for my own TARDIS. My first novel, "The Alien in the Backseat," is available now! https://amzn.to/3oVCG77

11 thoughts on “The sound of fire

  1. This is adorable. Love.

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    “she sticks her tongue out,
    that playful wit flickering

    just behind her eyes
    as she impishly invites me
    to join her by the fire”

    “Now flames flutter in rhythm
    to the kindred tune rustling
    between my melting ears” … I love the concept of “now-flames” … as in, living in the now, embracing the moment as it is, and letting it burn.

    “she makes faces
    just for me” … precious

    I hope this is innocent and about a child you treasure. ❤

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  2. You grabbed me with the synesthesia of the opening quatrain & carried me through with the fine, delicate but revealing imagery in the balance of this fine poem. Thanks.

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  3. Phillip,
    The playfulness in the imagery of music and flames (and faces!) subtly develops the love and passion undergirding it. Beautifully love poem.
    pax,
    dora

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