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Breathe Briefly

written by: Hemmingplay

@hemmingplay

 

We breathe so briefly of Life,
Of spring days and summer rains
And winters’ nights—all these too quickly gone.

Our years fly away like the ashes
From a dying campfire—
Lost in the darkness,
Fluttering up to the stars.

Yet our days may let us
Feel and think and wonder:
Love, and grieve loves lost,
Enfold our children in our arms
Until they too fly
And add their stars to the night sky.

The flames and embers of the fire
Draw me in, mesmerized. They are
Alive, dancing, shifting, speaking to primal things,
They Fill my mind with
Thoughts of eternity, and transience.

So I lean in, looking for signs
And visions
And courage.
And warmth.

Doug Stanfield (Hemmingplay)

Doug Stanfield (Hemmingplay)

OCTOBER 2016 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords.com
“Hemmingplay,” is the pen name of the youngest son of a teacher and a nurse who grew up on a family farm in western Ohio. He has had a few disreputable occupations, including newspaper reporter and editor, and public relations flak, but is trying to make amends for his sins now by writing poetry and fiction.
His desire to write in these genres never really went away. When his children were safely off making their own mistakes, he turned on the computer one day, stared at the screen for a long time, and began again.
He has published three books so far: "Mermaid Sisters: First Dive", a children's book on iTunes/iBook; "I Came From A Place of Fireflies" published as a paperback and Kindle on Amazon; and a new book of poetry, "Snowflakes & Ashes: Meditations on the Temporary" (Gatekeeper Press) on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, iBooks, Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and a few others.
Doug Stanfield (Hemmingplay)

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