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Still Finding Embers in the Ashes of Pompeii

JR Rhine

Another stick of incense

burned to the brim

little legs of ash trailing

on the altar

at one time there was smoke

and more than a vague recollection

of a sweeter scent

this here is the passing of time


we may find embers

in the ashes of Pompeii

so it is best 

even in your worst attempts

to stamp it all into the ground


tread lightly.

About the Author

JR Rhine is a poet, musician, and educator living in St. Mary's County, Maryland. His newest collection of poems, "Expired Damages" is now available online. He tweets @jarjarrhine and is on Instagram @jrrhinepoetry.

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