Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Fire

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Midweek Motif ~ Fire

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.": Gautama Buddha

"Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.": George Washington

"When one burns one's bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.": Dylan Thomas

Fire can both be a foe or a friend depending on the choice of looking at it. It warms us in our time of need, dispels darkness but also burns, consumes and devastates.

Kindling a fire may symbolize inspiration, regeneration.

Many cultures view fire as an emblem of wisdom and enlightenment.

It is a symbol of divinity, purity as well as damnation in many faiths around the world.

Fire has not lost its symbolic significance to modern man also. Freud saw fire as an aspect of the libido (sex drive) representing forbidden passions.

Mother Nature also uses fire both as an agent of destruction and regeneration. Many native plants in American west and south west and elsewhere around the world cannot germinate without the scorching heat of a wild fire.

Now, a couple of poems on today's theme Fire:



Fire and Ice

by Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.



Phenomenal Woman

by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonders where my secret lies.
I am not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I am telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips,
I'm a woman
Phenomenally,
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honeybees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman 
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

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Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below and visit others in the spirit of the community.

                        (Next week Susan's Midweek Motif will be ~ Gravity)

40 comments:

  1. Thank you for another spark of midweek motif - i hadn't thought of fire as both friend and foe.. i may not get around to others posts very promptly this week - but thank you in advance for any comments...happy Wednesday to all!

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  2. Hey everyone,

    Woooo hoooooo its time for Midweek motif once again :D gosh how the week passed by. Sharing my poem "Fire" which was inspired by the title of Robert Frost's poem "Fire and Ice" hope you all like it :D


    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  3. Thank you, Sumana. We have already had the first bushfires of the season here in Australia and with a long, hot Summer predicted this year, we shall unfortunately see many more. Fire is both a friend and foe in the bush, but arson is never good...

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    1. Hope the 'demons' stop playing with matches this summer...Thanks for participating Nick :)

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  4. Good morning, friends! And thanks, Sumana, for the inspiring prompt!

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  5. Thanks for today's prompt Sumana; i certainly didnt know that bit about
    "Many native plants in American west and south west and elsewhere around the world cannot germinate without the scorching heat of a wild fire."

    A happy mid week to all at the pantry today

    Going to settle into my midweek write now

    much love...

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    1. Love the carnival spirit in your fire poem Gillena :)

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  6. Thanks Sumana for the spark of inspiration this week. Happy Wednesday to each of you!

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    1. Thanks Leslie. Hope you are better now.

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  7. Thanks for today's prompt Sumana; i certainly didnt know that bit about
    "Many native plants in American west and south west and elsewhere around the world cannot germinate without the scorching heat of a wild fire."

    A happy mid week to all at the pantry today

    Going to settle into my midweek write now

    much love...

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  8. Whew! Fire. This prompt has turned on so many associations that I cannot keep up with them. I'm late again, and will be in and out all day to read and write.

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    1. Really enjoying the beautiful poems of our dear friends :)

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    2. Me, too! So much beyond expectations. Your prompt lights fires, good ones.

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  9. I missed last week so I think the muse was VERY ready to burst forth :)

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  10. The prompt was fantastic...Sumana. I was out the whole day, hence a bit late again. Puja time you know ! Thanks for the spark...it did ignite a fire. Smiles.

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    1. Oh thank you Panchali di for the gem you shared with us :)

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  11. "I say I don't love you, but you know I'm a liar, 'cause when we kiss, ooh, fire."
    - Bruce Springsteen

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  12. Thank you Sumana for this prompt. It could go so many ways.
    Have a great day. I'll be around reading all later and tomorrow.

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    1. Thanks Myrna...loved your beaming lines of wisdom today :)

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  13. I am REALLY impressed with the variety of poetry that has resulted from this prompt. Bravo to all of the poets!!

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    1. Oh I agree, a lot of great work here this week :D
      Cheers everyone :D

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  14. This was perfect spark to help bring the fire of this poem forward...thank you, Sumana!

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  15. Off to read the poems. Was a nice prompt to fire up my poetry mojo.

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  16. Sumana,

    Thank you for this prompt, which afforded many options; in the end I was prompted by my recent visits back to Northern Ireland and the arrival of colder weather, here in Cheshire.
    Hoping for a colourful week ahead, as I'm travelling to Boston at the weekend.

    Eileen

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    1. Thanks Eileen...enjoyed the cozy warmth in your lines....Have a wonderful trip :)

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  17. lovely warm theme as the cold begins here - enthusiasm dampened by internet glitches so belatedly joining. Have gone for the idea of fire/desire
    p.s. third attempt to comment - keep getting blog message error :(

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    1. these glitches are so annoying really...good to see you :)

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  18. I really love your blog. Please never stop

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    1. Thank you, Vanessa. We've grown in strength by writing to the prompt at Midweek and by always trying to visit each other's poems, to read and comment. If you'd like to do that, you might get more visitors yourself and become part of "A Community For Poets Who Blog." That's us.

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