Memories of Fire

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the tragic depths and the joyous heights of emotion with author Laurie Martin-Gardner. Wander through forgotten gardens where Hope eternally dances, soar to the Beyond with the immortal soul, explore the Dark Night of grief and loss, and so much more in this collection of twenty-four remarkable poems. Memories of Fire is a collection of moments, a mirror held up to the human experience in all its glory and tragedy.

Drawing from her own experiences, as well as the ancient myths that she loves so dearly, Laurie explores sorrow and hope, love and forgiveness, acceptance and rebirth in this triumphant return to her poetic roots. 

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ISBN:  9798842221189
Release Date: TBA
Book Length: 101 pages

Introduction

Heat
A Lament to Apollo
Unbound
Down
Little Flower
Beneath the Veil of Rain
The Hymn Eternal
The Liberation of the Boundless Soul
Beside the Dying Fire
Inherit the Wind
Daydreamer
Descent
Absolution
Shadows of Dawn
Song of Ages
A Stranger in the Glass
All That Remains
Promises
Let Me Rage
Call Me Home
Within These Arms
Echoes
Memories of Fire
Mosaic

Acknowledgements

HEAT

Southern heat
Hanging heavy
In the stagnant
Summer air
Barely broken
By the spinning
Of steel blades
Humming
In the dying
Of the day
Dripping
Brown hair
Drying in the
Artificial breeze
The heavenly
Breath
Relieving the
Sting
Of a merciless
Alabama sun
Glaring down
At splashing
Children
In a muddy lake
Small body
Lying in a
Well-worn hall
Eyes heavy and
Closed
Embraced by
The scent of
Soap
And the gentle
Rattling of
Plate against cup
In a sink of
Bubbles
One breaks free
Floating
Lazily
Through a
Too-small kitchen
Only to be
Impaled
On the loathsome
Brown paneling
A tiny
Momentary spot
Of iridescence
In a house
Made of despair
Voices murmuring
From the drone
Of nameless
Faces
Speaking of
Unknown places
Words
Without meaning
To the little one
Lying
With closed eyes
Reliving the
Laughter
Of that
Sweltering day
Fleeting innocence
Captured
In the web
Of memory
One moment
One
Perfect
Moment
In a lifetime
Of blatant
Imperfection
Repeating forever
In the smell
Of heat
And the
Humming
Of steel blades

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