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Woodstove


It was cold.
A sudden crackle,
the snap of flame
and red warmth spread through the room
from the staunch, cast-iron woodstove
huddled in a corner
by the rocking chair.
Its glass window was blackened
with soot, testifying to its unwavering service
defending the house from winter's merciless jaws
with only a few pieces of wood
and some old newspaper.  Nothing
had kept it from its job in all its long years.
Even when the fickle electric neighbors
stopped working,
the woodstove happily gave its warmth for
cooking, heating water,
giving light.

Now the house is empty
and the always-faithful woodstove
has been abandoned,
left to wear cobwebs
and give a house to mice where there once
was fire.
And although outside, it was summer,
it was cold.
This is a poem I wrote. I thought it was pretty good. I think it speaks for itself, so I won't write too much here on what it's about.
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livingbut-not-really Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
pretty unusual for a poem, I have to say, but not bad at all :)
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Captain-Random Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Professional Writer
Thank you :)
If you don't mind me asking, would you care to elaborate on what you meant by unusual? I had always thought of this particular poem as one of my more traditional, to be honest :giggle:
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livingbut-not-really Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
hmmmmm to tell you the truth, I myself am used to writing poems that are more about emotion, there's nothing hidden behind my words, I say things loud and clear. But your poem was like some sort of puzzle to me (firstly because of the pro vocabulary I couldn't understand xD) but mostly because I felt like you were hiding something. Sorry if I've offended you in any way, it is just my opinion, and I really do like your poem because more or less i'm not used to that style of writing.
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Captain-Random Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Professional Writer
Don't worry, you didn't offend me at all :) I love hearing what others think of my writing.
I tend to use concrete imagery to suggest abstract concepts in my poetry. A lot of the poets I grew up reading used techniques similar to that, so that played a big role in shaping how I do things nowadays.
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glossolalias Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Featured: [link]
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Captain-Random Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you very much for the feature. I am glad you enjoyed my poem :)
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Poelee Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Interesting piece. I really like the tone that you convey.
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Captain-Random Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you for the feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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DailyLitDeviations Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
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Captain-Random Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you immensely for the honor!
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janj0hn Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student Writer
good!!

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care to read my pieces??
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Captain-Random Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks for the comment. It's been a while since anyone's read my work on here.
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