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By the hearth

The fire crackled gratefully
Oblivious of the tension around
Protected by a wire mesh strong
  and stringy
Hiding in the recess that turns to
  a chimney upward
 
With a faraway look, to the horizon of his own
  thoughts
Static and immobile in his high oak chair
He came back and life was visible
  in him by looks
His eyes no longer reflected the fire
  with a glare
But danced behind his withdrawn sockets
Looking at me, he said, “ you are
  to be circumcised Jolare”
 

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