I’m taking that first tentative step
To breach the line
I’ve drawn for myself
Chants and charms
Won’t protect me now
As I reach for the glowing ember
In the darkness of October
And find that getting burned
Can be the sweetest thing

(Written for Three Word Wednesday Breach Ember Tentative and Thursday Poets Rally Week 54)



  1. laurie kolp

    The last two lines are so powerful… sometimes it takes years before one can look back and see the good from being burned.


    • Jennifaye

      Laurie, the passing years have a way of making us wiser. In the mean time, I’ll happily step out of my comfort zone and risk getting burned.


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