The chains of enslavement

and fears manacles

burn into my wrists,

Condemned and held,

captive within this iron chamber.


Release the furnace

Self-sacrificing love

Breathe in the fire.


Consume endless guilt,

Cleanse condemnation,

a saturated Spirit.


Crimson love

Created recognition.


Chains released

in the cleansing fire,

entering my soul

with eternal oil,

in molten grace,

Enveloped with your presence.



Written for Poetry Jam

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14 Responses to Fire

  1. Mary says:

    There is a cleansing aspect to fire indeed. It can definitely burn away some of the undesirable…and purify the soul!

  2. Gabriella says:

    I believe it must mean something if most places of worship have candles or fires. Looking at the flames does make us feel its purifying quality.

  3. peggygoetz says:

    You have given such a positive aspect of something that starts out feeling scary. This is a good prompt, Alan. Thanks.

  4. brian miller says:

    was wondering if you would go the route of the cleansing fire…smiles….freedom from the fire through the redeeming fire…..

  5. Laurie Kolp says:

    nice, Alan… I especially like stanza 3

  6. Breathe in the fire . . . great write.

  7. Myrna says:

    Nice. Fire, water, wind, all have cleansing properties. Good to focus on this for spiritual growth.

  8. Helen says:

    An awesome challenge begets an awesome poem … thanks Alan.

  9. Grace says:

    I love the cleansing fire, the soul is wrapped in His presence ~

  10. Helen says:

    … ‘enveloped with your presence’ ~~ feeling an overwhelming, consuming sense of healing is very powerful. Very nice.

  11. poetrypea says:

    I could really feel the power in the last two lines. Fabulous.

  12. Kathe W. says:

    being cleansed and purified by fire…wow…awesome poem Alan

  13. Nick says:

    Fire burns and fire purifies. An enjoyable read.

  14. Sara v says:

    Alan, such a great prompt, I had so many ideas, almost didn’t make it to a poem 🙂 A wonderful poem with the intensity of fire! Happy New Year!

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