Fiery Furnace


I’m not saying I don’t care

In the moment of the telling

In a way that’s fairer

The heat of your words.

Inhabited in the consuming furnace

Impossible the transparent breath

That burns up this small, fierce heart,

To reveal heavens angel,

Appearing amidst raging flames


Etched in every human face

A lapse of despair

Solemnized with my tongue

My hands, my eyes, my soul, remembers

The wilderness,

The crystal wonder,

Solace of embracing thoughts

Absorbed by my vision.

I’m not saying I don’t care

Deliverance from the fiery furnace.


Written for – Poetry Jam

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11 Responses to Fiery Furnace

  1. The burning desire that engulfs us all…………nicely used crytsal!!

  2. brian miller says:

    He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, malachi 3:3

    the scripture it made me think of…fire is double edged…long as i go through the right one…ha….cool verse man…deliverence is a blessing surely

  3. Mary says:

    I think we all step into that fiery furnace at times, and in our despair need to find our way out. A depthful write here, Alan.

  4. Susan says:

    Okay, so this is my re-read for the week … there’s a lot here to think about and work through … trials by fire are indeed one thing I’m contemplating here … thanks, Alan. This is a good one!

  5. Laurie Kolp says:

    heavens angel,
    Appearing amidst raging flames

    … I especially like that, Alan. Powerful poem.

  6. I agree with Susan – worth many reads of ” the heat of your words”!

  7. peggygoetz says:

    I read this over several times and found more each time I did. There is a lot here. Thanks.

  8. David King says:

    Intriguing use of the prompt, cleverly done.

  9. Helen Dehner says:

    I like the ‘I’m not saying’ vibe in your poem.

  10. Sara v says:

    Alan, you always have such a lush word feast in your poetry. Love the transparent breath, small fierce heart and at last peace in the wilderness. Wonderful 🙂

  11. Imelda says:

    Your words are lovely. Yes, I do care about deliverance from the fiery furnace.

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