Sunday, January 20, 2008


One lone minute
one million more like it...

All that's needed is a spark
to keep the fire burning
another night.

What do you say?

Keep the fire burning.

Home is wherever
you sleep tonight
so tell me your dreams
as we lie in shadow--
I will guard your sleep
like a treasure of Avalon.

Give me one more minute,
and I'll have the words
for the rest of the story.

Tonight I'll be home,
and the fire will follow
like a sleepy-eyed lover
who knows no lesser god.


Above: Belly dancer in a ring of fire. Below: The Orion Nebula, photographed in the IR spectrum. Fire is my theme again, mostly because it's three degrees farenhiet at the moment.
Can I stand next to your fire? I'm pretty skinny, so I don't take up too much space--unlike the Orion Nebula, which is several parsecs across. How big is a parsec? We'll leave that until next time. As it stands, I have to get some sleep so I can aclimate to the climactic upheaval all around me.


Sandy Kessler said...

Can I stand next to your fire love that song line - also "I will guard your sleep like the treasures of Avalon"ignites a special passion within moi.. I needed it - bad experience yesterday - Thanks

Monique said...

As long as I have fire in my belly, I'll survive.

Charles Gramlich said...

Lana was traumatized this morning when there was Ice in the birdbath. I told her it was a fluke. If you want some warmer climes, Louisiana is a place to be.

ivan said...

Couldn't find the belly dancer until I realized you meant "top pic."
Seems there's a universe out there beyond art.
And so many physicists want to claim it as their art.
Oh the priests!
Dreaming away of belly dancers.

Lana Gramlich said...

Lovely poem & imagery. We've had a gander at the Orion Nebula through binoculars now & again, but it sure can't beat the Pleiades!

Enemy of the Republic said...

Those last two lines really spoke to me. I also found it curious how you used the Avalon image. Cool. I came across some oracle cards last night that are themed with the Avalon domain. I almost bought them, but I hesitated. Then I read this. Hmmm--you are telling me something, my friend!

Princess Pointful said...

"Home is wherever you sleep tonight"-- I love it. It captures how vulnerable it is to sleep somewhere.
Are you back from the wilderness land of dial-up, Eric??

Josie said...

Tonight I'll be home,
and the fire will follow
like a sleepy-eyed lover
who knows no lesser god.

I love that.

david mcmahon said...

Nice work, Eric. You're so right - it just takes one spark to warm a person's heart.

Ant said...

I was about to wade in to breezily explain what a parsec was, then my confidence let me down, I looked up wikipedia, and discovered that I was completely wrong.

Five long years that degree took me. I learned nothing.

singleton said...

"Give me one more minute,
and I'll have the words
for the rest of the story"

I love that!

I don't know how you can type in three degree weather, how any heater, any clothes, can keep you warm enough! Peace~love my friend, keep that fire toked!

Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

Move over and let Jimi take over...

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should all get together at home and let our fires burn bright.

Beth said...

Another nice one, Eric. You sensitive males are in very short supply!

Bemused said...

"Home is wherever
you sleep tonight"
rang a bell with me. Home can be located anywhere as long as it is with a special person.

Scot said...

Great ending to a fine poem!

X. Dell said...

I have only one burning desire.
Let me stand next to your fire

Now I've got that tune in my head. There could be worst earworms.

I've moved so often in my life, that when people ask me where I'm from, I might give different answers depending on my move. For me, home has always been a fluid concept.

eric1313 said...

Sandy Kessler

I h ope that I brought something wondefful and necessary back to you. And thatr your days have been better since then. Talk to you soon.


That sounds like an excellent motto and interpretation. I'll take it!


I believe it, and who knows? One day, I might very well travel down that way. There's a motorcycle I've been eyeballing--all I'll need is a good road map.

And at least a bird wasn't frozen in the bath!


I could use a good belly dancer dream!

Doesn't that echo Exodus, when Moses and Aaron start to claim that they made miracles happen? Scientists could use another forty roming the desert!

eric1313 said...


The seven sisters are a hard sight to beat, I'll give you that.

Isn't it fun to stargaze, even by binoculars?


I love the imagery, too, whether it's from tarot or from the Led Zeppelin song "Battle for Evermore", which was one for my first introductions to the realm, aside from old Arthurian mythology and the like.

I trust you made the correct decision!


Still wishin' for home!

I'm stuck here for a while, but it's not so bad. I just have to get used to loading a page while responding.

This poem was perfect fro how I've been feeling lately, situational and all. I hope you are well, my friend. I miss your words.

eric1313 said...


I'm glad to have readers like you. Those last lines give me chills, too.


That right spark, a smile a touch, words and memories, and the fire can blaze back as though it had never smoldered down in the first place.


I thought it was so many seconds of arc across a given space, but I'm baffled by it, as well.

Thanks for the laugh, even though it took me forever to get back to this page, it was still fresh with plenty of kick.

eric1313 said...


I'll try to keep the fire toked, but things are conspiring against me to remain untoked.

But as long as I can keep pulling out words like these, I'll be warm no matter the temprature drop.

Thank you for being there.


**Guitar solo using teeth**



The fires burning bright
the ne'er do well twilight
preceeds the brooding night

We are all keepers of a fire
hers, his, or anothers

Jewels with laughing facets
live in our heart-shaped pockets

eric1313 said...


Thanks for the read--and I agree! But it'sa good thing there isn't anyone competing with me in this realm.


That was what I was driving at--a special person, or at the least, the hope or the memory of one.

eric1313 said...


Thanks and welcome! I'll check out your blog as soon as I can.


I do that, too, since I often can't keep track of past residences. It's tough! But I bet you have the crown when it comes to moving. MY hat is off to you.