Hearthside Remembrance

Flickery firelight shadows
take me back to a gentle time
when youth was wrapped
in warm blankets of love.
Howling winter winds
become soundless
when soft crackles
of a wood-burning fire
echo in my mind.

Time cannot fleece memories
nor erase feelings of cozy comfort
experienced in a childhood
of security
that was Mom and Dad.

Copyright 1995 Ruth Gillis

Previously published in the Winter 1996 issue of
Oatmeal and Poetry

 

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