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“Path of Fire is passionate and moving. It touches the very heart of the reader.
This is poetry at its best.” Leah Maines, Poet and Bestselling Author “Christa Polkinhorn’s poetry is clear-eyed and elegiac, with a cosmopolitan flavor. Path of Fire is full of unsentimental but emotionally charged poems about loneliness and family and ‘searching the earth for a home.'” Gwynne Garfinkle, Poet
Winter in Castaneda
Climbing the stairs
from the cellar to the room
with the tile floor,
eight months later,
after the pain has softened,
after the ashes have been scattered
on the rock, after driving past the
snowy fields of Saint Gotthard,
we feel your presence
fill the spaces between our bodies.
Not yet understanding the full meaning
of this merging, of your hands
entwined in the leaves of plants,
your scent lingering in the
cedar closet, your smile
in the candle flame,
your voice trailing the crackling of logs
in the fireplace, a sound so delicate,
we dare not move
as not to disturb it.
With each breath we take
the silent words into our hearts
and choose to believe
in the here and now
of all that was, before you left us.