Original Fire by Karen Louise Erdrich

for Aza

I watch my daughter build a fire
not from a match or cigarette lighter
but from the original elements,
two sticks, a length of sinew, friction.
She has formed a cup of juniper shreds,
and when she spins out a black ember
and breathes it to life
she transfers the radiant pebble
into the nest and breathes again.
Sparks fly from her lips.
A dove of flame bursts from between her hands.
She speaks to the spark
until the words catch and burn
and I think, here is my daughter
who is innocent of all things
yet from whose lips
the terrible and merciful
flame flies out, the truth, the fire.

From: https://lithub.com/original-fire-a-poem-by-louise-erdrich/

Date: 2019

By: Karen Louise Erdrich (1954- )

One Comment to “Original Fire by Karen Louise Erdrich”

  1. This is very good.

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