I’m not a pyromaniac. I don’t impulsively start fires.
I’m not an arsonist. I don’t have sadistic tendencies like that.
I do love fire though. To truly love fire one must obey it’s rules, first and foremost. Respective fear is essential.
It might have started with the wood stove in our house when I was growing up… watching my father strike a match and set it to crumpled up newspaper.
He never used a lighter.
I think he liked the act of striking the match too much to give it up. The fire would lick up the paper and latch itself onto to a chunk or two of wood. Soon after, a musky burning scent would permeate through the house.
On cold mornings, the wood stove was warm and soothing. I never wanted to leave the house to go to school. School was always a cold place… even when it was warm inside.
Candles and incense… these are a few of my favorite things.
As a child I knew children who didn’t respect fire and they succumbed to the beast. They haunt my dreams. Sometimes the mistakes we make in life are so big there’s no going back. Ever.
Read this article about the Fire of the Soul as interpreted from The Kabbalah.
When I was a kid, every year our family would have an unofficial burn-fest. This entailed burning stubble off the wheat fields and dry weeds along fence posts.
We also burned our garbage in a burn barrel so you might say we had small burn-fests all year long.
My mother had a propane torch a lot like the one in the picture. I think she liked using it to burn things. Sometimes she would simply use a match though.
She always made sure that I was respectful around the beast. One doesn’t play with fire like a toy!
I once sat around a bonfire with friends and listened to ghost stories. It was wicked good fun!
Burning an old love letter seems like something everyone should do at least once. I did long ago but I have little recollection who it was over now. However, I do well remember blazing up the letter and watching it burn.
Use extreme caution if you try this yourself. The paper burns quickly! Seriously, burn it over a sink or something! With all my talk of using caution when it comes to the beast, I hate to admit that I may or may not have singed the tips of my hair while burning that letter. (Read this article about a woman who tried to burn a love letter and ended up setting her apartment on fire!)
She’s living in a world and it’s on fire
Filled with catastrophe, but she knows she can fly away
“Girl on Fire” Alicia Keys
Fire in song: I'm on Fire - Bruce Springsteen Light My Fire - The Doors Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash Heaven's on Fire - Kiss Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys House on Fire - Sia We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis Fire and Rain - James Taylor Set Fire to the Rain - Adele
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