poetry and prose about place

keeping watch for dragons #8 – campfire dragon

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Late summer is the time for campfires.  We have to be careful, of course, to make sure there is no risk of forest fire and campfires are permitted.  But on an evening when the fire index hotline says OK, and we have a small stack of wood beside the fire pit and a bench for sitting, there is no better way to pass an evening.

Campfires are great places for telling stories.  They are also good places to dream and remember.   A campfire means getting smoke in your eyes, so the images can be a little blurry.  You can watch the sparks lift from the fire and ascend into the dark night.  The question is, are they also watching you … ?



campfire dragons 


dragons prowl

in balsam

back crawl in amber

blisters of pitch


dragons lurk

under mantles of smoke

blacken the stones

spurt throatfuls of fire


dragons leap

to the Drago sky

watch us grow small

with sparking eyes


close their lids

and sleep in flight



©  Jane Tims 1998

Written by jane tims

August 24, 2012 at 7:15 am

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  1. Love the topic of campfires and your drawing. Thank you!



    August 28, 2012 at 12:48 am

  2. Wonderful poem and drawing, Jane. 🙂



    August 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    • Hi Robin. Thanks! I love campfires. Unfortunately our fire index is still very high, so no fires this August! Jane


      jane tims

      August 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm

  3. Love your drawing!


    Jane Fritz

    August 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    • Hi. It was too hard to get photos of campfires this summer… too dry and hot and not safe to burn…. Jane


      jane tims

      August 25, 2012 at 10:00 am

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