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poetry: incense + prayer

May 2, 2011

There is only so much incense can do
once mustiness has set in. I lit it

anyway prayed that I could continue
in that partnership simply because it

was easier than not simply because
it was easier to light incense then

to get flames going where there had never
really been a fire easier until

I met my match flame struck fire leapt and I
burned elsewhere

I wrote the first draft of this poem in Danika Dinsmore’s Poetry BootCamp during Ojai WordFest. In this case, the speaker in the poem (the “I”) is not really me, the poet writer of the poem.

I found the image of burning incense above on facebook with the following 8 reasons to burn incense: It’s generous. It connects you to the elements. It sparks appreciation. It is healthy. It brings you back. It joins heaven and earth. It offers a lesson. It makes you prepare.

I have written about incense and aromatherapy before; I find frankinscense and myhrr particularly powerful and mind-altering.

For more of my poetry and other news from my part of the world, please subscribe to this blog in the upper right hand corner! You can also check out my new collection 3:15 experiment poetry  Middle of the Night Poems from Daughter to Mother :: Mother to Son (en theos press 2011). Read sample poems here. Read a review by Robert Peake here.

I will be reading poems from my new book on Wednesday May 4 in the 11am hour on KKZZ 1400AM; it will also air at the same time online so please listen and call in!

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