Fire

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They say the world will end in fire;
But what if destruction – reeks of ice
To this alone my thoughts aspire.

Several are those who worship – inquire
And shall be judged like all the rest.
They say the world will end in fire.

His favor leaves us nothing to require;
Good actions alone in the end will save.
To this alone my thoughts aspire.

For those who sin – results are dire;
None shall come to take the blame.
They say the world will end in fire.

Like saints that at the stake expire;
No guilt in life or fear in death.
To this alone my thoughts aspire.

There is a Voice whose tones inspire;
Enlarge the close – contracted mind.
They say the world will end in fire;
To this alone my thoughts aspire.

 

 

Photo Credits:Β wallpaperswide.com

Inspiration from the title of Robert Frost’s poem “Fire and Ice.”

Form: Villanelle

Posted for Midweek Motif @ Poets United

& Posted on Open Link Night @ dVerse Pub

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68 thoughts on “Fire

  1. Sumana Roy says:

    “Good actions alone in the end will save. / To this alone my thoughts aspire.”…these two beautiful lines kindle hope for this world torn into pieces by greed and hatred…great use of Frost’s lines here Sanaa….

  2. Jae Rose says:

    Your use of repetition is very effective…if only more people thought about their actions and consequences..the world would surely be a better…sunnier place

  3. Mary says:

    I really like the progression of this poem, the way you took inspiration from the Frost poem and played with it in your own way to come up with something unique and standing well on its own.

    • adashofsunny says:

      Hello Thotpurge,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  4. gillena says:

    luv your tweak of the Frost poem, you made it your own.
    Who knows if and when this world will end. Like you say aspire to good deeds and in the end our leaving will be a great reward

    have an awesome Wednesday

    much love…

  5. Susan says:

    Gosh. Your use of Frost in this Villanelle paradoxically makes me hope for wholeness–itself a kind of fire–before the end. I am sure the ice will melt and put out the fire and POOF! But the VOICE–I aspire to know that regardless.

  6. kaykuala h says:

    Like saints that at the stake expire;
    No guilt in life or fear in death.

    Those strong in resolve would rightly be ready to face the inevitable. Nothing should limit the options!

    Hank

  7. panchali says:

    Beautifully penned, Saana!
    “They say the world will end in fire.” – such a misplaced understanding is the reason why a lot of people get stuck through this journey.

    • adashofsunny says:

      Hello Moskowitz,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

    • adashofsunny says:

      Hello Mr. Meisner,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  8. Gayle Walters Rose says:

    Sanaa, I love what you did with your villanelle and the topic of fire. I’ve found that sometimes the form can really help pull a poem out of you…don’t you think. I like these lines:

    “Like saints that at the stake expire;
    No guilt in life or fear in death.
    To this alone my thoughts aspire.”

  9. Bjorn says:

    Villanelles are really hard to do.. and you might wonder what is worst.. ice or fire. Actually up north, the belief has always been that it will end in ice.. well done.

    • adashofsunny says:

      Hello Pleasant street,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  10. Grace says:

    Fire or ice, its hard to choose how the world will end ~ For the good, it will be a welcoming journey ~ I guess we just have to wait and see ~

    Lovely work on the form too Sanaa ~

  11. katiemiafrederick says:

    iCe ages
    come and
    go..
    fiRes
    alWays burn out..
    Yes.. humans will
    freeze last now..
    when oiL is gONe..
    icE comes KinG..
    Meanwhile.. some folks
    will continue to worry
    about
    bUrning..
    WitH FroZen
    minDs sTill Death
    they pArt..:)

  12. Prajakta says:

    The repeats drive home the point strongly – the fierce strength of your lines with Frost blended in so well.

    Interesting form, first time I am seeing this πŸ™‚

  13. mishunderstood says:

    I have never tried a villanelle but this could inspire me.
    I admire the way you have made this flow so naturally. I really like the repetition of this line…” To this alone my thoughts aspire”.

  14. Petru J Viljoen says:

    The world – so they tell me – has ended a few times already. Humans will probably survive the fire ending too, and adapt and carry on. Hope it’s not in my lifetime though. The poem is a prayer.

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