Friday, April 19, 2013

Day 19 - Ads and Fires


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Personal Ads


On sale
Peace of mind and sanity.
Well preserved
One careful lady owner.

Wanted
Rage, rants and raves
Tamed and housebroken
Trained to guard and assist
Poets.


This is my NaPoWriMo Day 19 poem. The challenge was to write a personal ad.

I wrote one more, using the PAD prompt for Day 19 (burn). You can read all sorts of symbolism into it if you wish, but I was simply reminding myself of the proper procedure for lighting a fire in our holiday house. We have this crazy old-fashioned stove which is quite temperamental and stubborn.


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How to Light a Fire


A pile of cones
Should be made first.
Make sure they are dry.
Then 
A couple of pages from a newspaper,
Crumpled.
All this in the form of  a pyramid. 
Put two pieces of wood 
On top 
Make sure they are small.
You should have three piles of wood ready
Starting from small pieces on the right
To the logs on the left.
The small pieces will catch fire fast.
Keep adding them 
Until the fire builds.
Then you can use
Larger and larger pieces
And finally, the coal.
That should keep you warm for a while.
The coal pieces shouldn't be
Too big.
The entrance to the stove is narrow
And your hands are small.
Oh, and never throw anything
Straight into the fire.
That might extinguish it
Before it builds.
Use the corners instead.
Now you can light a match
And put it on top of the paper.
After that, just wait
There is nothing else to do.
You can offer a little prayer
If you are so inclined.
If the wood doesn’t catch fire
That first time,
Just keep trying. 

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