chill wind --
the heart of an oak
leaves the chimney
Robert Bauer (1953-2012). From "The Heron's Nest, Volume VIII, Number 1."
The days are warmer now and the wood stove no longer needs to be kept burning to provide heat. Today, though, the wind is chilly and the author has thrown in a large lump of heartwood to burn slowly. If the weather was downright cold, then thinner branches that burn at a higher heat would probably have found their way into the stove. This big piece of heartwood has been sitting near the fire for some time and the poet has grown somewhat fond of it. As it leaves, transformed into smoke and rising up to heaven, the author again feels the chill, but this time it is not just the chill of the wind but also some other premonition in his heart.
Selected and commented on by Dhugal J. Lindsay