Furnace

…………………………
Coffee’s made, tea-water’s on
and here’s a glazed pane of iridescent frost
stroked by a ghost-etcher’s point
struck with silver and laced with light:
its gravure of fern fronds
glistens on a clear silicon plate
……………….…………
And there’s a postage stamp of blue
in an otherwise stratocumulus dome
marking a bit of sky
beyond the frost-etcher’s art
:
…. window in a window
…. frame within a frame
…. thought without a name

The furnace grunts,
the blower hums before the burner sparks
and warm air gushes from a grate
as if a house might warm its cupped hands
to mitigate the lethal silence of a still cold place
as we will sometimes hunch and blow to mitigate
a frigid shadow stillness: a blast of breath
from our own deep furnace in winter
while we wait

by Jim Culleny
12/18/09

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