Wood Fires

October 27, 2009

Fire crackling in my sister's wood stove

Fire crackling in my sister's wood stove

Reading magazines in front of a wood fire at the Snowshoe Country Lodge

Reading magazines in front of a wood fire at the Snowshoe Country Lodge

My husband and I just turned on the furnace at our home in Seattle.  But when I was back in Minnesota earlier this month, I had the pleasure of warming myself in front of several wood stoves.  My oldest brother and sister both heat almost exclusively with wood.  And during our driving vacation in Northern Minnesota, my sister and I stayed at a rustic cabin, the Snowshoe Lodge, which had no running water and wood stove heating.  There is something comforting about warming oneself by a fire.

Wood Fires
by Gertrude Perry Stanton

Within the fireplace the flames leap high;
 Sparks crackle in a meteoric flight,
 Then dwindle to a pale and mellow light —
Soft radiance even where the shadows lie;
For every lovely thing the tree has known, —
 Stanch hickory, or gnarly apple bough,
 Treasured through years, is liberated now:
Bright sunsets, clover ready to be mown;
The flash of lightning, glow of stars serene;
 The opalescent hues of morning skies,
 Leaves gaily colored when the summer dies,
The tinge of purple in far mountains seen;
The strength and courage bred in hours of storm, —
 Peace, stored through long and warmly sunlit days;
 A spirit of content and reverent praise.
 
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