Analysis of An open fire

An open fire.

When you look at a coal fire what do you see,
is it just a source of heat, or are you like me?
For within that grate is a reflection of all,
not just a fire, a hearth or a hole in the wall!
Preparation starts with the rolling of sticks
(a `skill` learned from mum when I was just six!)
It’s an `art form` that needs most careful consideration,
tricks(no `new fangled `lighters)from a past generation.
Newspapers-from the old print springs a new story,
re-hashed, re-incarnated in a novel form of glory,
first a roll, then a fold and soon it is done,
such ingenuity `sparks` this little piece of the sun,
but first, yesterday’s `leftovers` must be taken away,
the ashtray emptied and then it’s ready for today,
sticks on the top-base of `scrunched up` paper,
will make it easy to start-but `oh, what a caper!`
`Top it off` with `icing`-some call it black gold,
and now awaits our `child` to banish the cold,
next, light the base paper and this sleeper awake,
it starts with a flicker-its first breath to take,
then watch as it grows in stature and in strength,
like a youngster-impatient, full of promise, but, at length
it settles down and into middle age, grows,
with beautiful hues and dancing shadows,
a plume of smoke from a split piece of coal,
yes, our fire’s got warmth, but it’s also got soul.
Throughout the long winter nights, it’s heat we need,
and when the flames draw low and it begs a `feed`
I throw on some coal and then maybe a log,
this scene of tranquillity made purr-fect by a `mog`(cat)
lying there on the mat in a classical pose,
curled up by the hearth, with it’s tail `round it’s nose,
and so, by and by, with the dying embers,
I gaze into the flames and my mind remembers
times gone past and a childhood so dear,
loved ones, some long gone, they do all re-appear.

But now it’s late and our fire has grown `old`,
the lovely warm room has suddenly gone cold,
the long day is done and is all but dead,
I put the cat out, then it’s straight off to bed!

Jennifer Kersey 1993.

Poetic Form
Metre 11010 111101101111 111011111111 101111001011 1101001101001 0101101011 0111111111 1111111100010 111101101010 10101110110 111100101110 10110101111 10010011101101 11101111001 011001110101 1101111110 1111011111010 1111111111 010110111001 110110011001 11101011111 11111010001 10100101110111 11010011011 110010101 0111101111 1101011111011 01011011111 01011101101 11111011001 11111111011 101101001001 11101111111 01101101010 110101011010 11100111 11111111101 111101010111 01011110011 0111101111 11011111111 10010
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 2,026
Words 378
Sentences 10
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 1, 36, 4, 1
Lines Amount 42
Letters per line (avg) 37
Words per line (avg) 9
Letters per stanza (avg) 388
Words per stanza (avg) 94
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Submitted by paintedlady on May 01, 2021

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