The Flame

The flame flickers and
outside there is
steady, quiet rain - the
Quad is silent and
a few birds sing
despite their wetting - inside
there is benison: peace
within, a placidity
unknown to recent times,
consigned to history and
resurrected.  I am more
myself in this moment
than I have ever been and I have
him to thank for such
divine living for the
quell of heart's yearning
the stilling grief, the
quiet fire burning
in the steady soul, the
living pain.
Life by Degrees
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