Welcome to The Burning Hearth. I hope you and your families are doing well in this time of uncertainty. I also hope The Burning Hearth can bring light and optimism to your day. The theme for the April/May pairing is motherhood. My post is a poem I wrote when my now 11 year-old daughter was two. My guest author, and dear friend, Emily Blaser, will be contributing her thoughts on motherhood in May.
Flesh is Memory When the world goes to sleep, I dream of you. Your eyes. Your smile. The sweet smell of your baby's breath. Often, I silently come to your crib. To touch your cheek. To place my finger in your small palm. It's all so fleeting, A night's sleep, Your infancy. And yet, you will be with me always. As if your movement through time, your ever-changing presence, is something an alchemist, can collect, liquify, and pour upon my flesh like rain.
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The Burning Hearth has an open submission for the month of October. Theme: dreams. (It can be about anything with dreams as the main theme.) If interested, please submit a poem no longer than a page, or a creative nonfiction, fiction, or personal essay less than 1000 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, include a brief cover letter and embed your submission in the body of the email. Sorry, I will not open attachments. Deadline for entry is July 1, 2020. Good luck!