Build a Fire

by Mark Weinrich

There is nothing like a fire on a long, cold night
for the crackling cadence says you’re not alone.
And day-forgotten fears often swell into the dark
when phantom shadows squeeze an anxious heart.
But within the flames is a window of coals
a realm with mesmerizing power,
enough to burn the thorns and tangled vines
if I trust the Lord and let them go.
For me, it’s a wordless prayer, when I gather
branches, strike the match, and fuel hope.

Mark Weinrich lives a creative life as a writer, photographer, musician, and artist—all wrapped together in an outdoorsman. He is a retired pastor and nine-year cancer survivor. His writing and photography have appeared in over 130 news stand, inspirational, and literary publications. He has sold eight children’s books and currently has two fantasy novels on Kindle.

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