Through the Crucible

A phoenix asked the flames, “Do you delight,

Oh fiery fiend, to lick my chest, to sear

through flesh and bone, to boil blood? Does the light

inside your tendrils glow with pride? A tear

of pain, a mournful torrent–no respite

they offer from your suffocating fumes.

What mortal sin, what monstrous err made I,

to merit burning scarlet for a tomb?”

The blushing flames replied, “If you could see,

Oh tender chick, beyond my ruby walls

into the light which all-envelopes me,

‘twould send thy soul aflight. For shining halls

of resurrection, little is the price

of pain. Let faith be stirred, and hope suffice.”

Posted on January 15, 2014, in Poetry and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Simply beautiful. Thank you for the message of hope.

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