michael walker


The Greek philosophers thought of fire
as one of the four elements in the world.
The others were air, earth and water-visual.
Fire tends upward the most, from any pyre.

Earth and water push downward the most,
affected very much by gravity and mass.
I think of air as more in-between that;
still a part of gravity, but lacking density.

Unlike the other three, fire has to be ignited
to exist, then it can be lethal, like floods.
Nearly every summer bush fires rage in Australia.
The Great Fire of London in 1666 burnt down St. Paul's.

Essentially, I equate fire with passion in form.
I have heard fiery speakers on street corners.
I have heard singers bristling with passion and fire.
I know I am driven by the inner fire and desire.

_ 2014.

Submitted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Edited: Thursday, October 02, 2014

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This is a slightly revised version of a poem I had posted with you. The poem is a combination of reading philosophy and personal experience. I have a passionate nature too.

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