Posted in Poetry

National Poetry Writing Month #22


Elemental Series: Fire

This rainbow of color, this flame
of blue and orange and red,
its black fingers curling
into the night sky, beckoning.

Step too close and the furnace
opens, the hairs above your wrist
lifting in surety of their own demise,
every breath the charcoal scent
of dying wood and the slow burn
that heats the belly.

Yet, rising Phoenix-like out of ashes
upon ashes from lightning hits,
ciggies tossed, the purposeful strike
of an arsonist’s match, this flame

coaxes new breath from what lies
burnt and broken, feeds the grasses
that will reach through blackness
towards the light, fire and earth
seeking, desperately seeking,
the balance the planet, which moves
to its own rhythm, demands.

Ramona Levacy
April 22, 2013



I am a 40-something Texan with a feisty cat and a supportive husband of 20 years. With a Master's degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, I have taught creative writing at Texas Tech, won awards for my writing and been blessed to be mentored by Horn Professor and poet Dr. Walt McDonald. I earn a living by helping my husband's family run a health food store, but my avocation is writing. I hope you enjoy reading about some of my triumphs and tragedies as I continue to work on figuring out what life is all about and on growing my ability to share my writing. May your own journey be a blessed one.

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