Breathe Briefly by Hemmingplay at Spillwords.com

Breathe Briefly

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 / JULY 2019 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords.com
“Hemmingplay,” is the pen name of Doug Stanfield, who grew up on a family farm in western Ohio, went with his parents for two years in Karachi, Pakistan, in high school and had lived, until recently, in Bellefonte, PA with his late wife, Wilda and their two sons, Ben and John. Doug was a writer, editor and director of internet communications at Penn State for 26 years. 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 by writing poetry and fiction.
When his sons were safely off making their own mistakes, he turned on the computer one day, stared at the screen for what seemed a long time, and began to learn the craft anew at age 67.
Doug 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”, available as both an ebook and as a paperback. (Gatekeeper Press) on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and a few others.)
Doug Stanfield (Hemmingplay)

Latest posts by Doug Stanfield (Hemmingplay) (see all)