Fireplace

Fireplace

A Poem by Norman 223
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An old man's musings.

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FIREPLACE

 

I've been musing, and remembered our coal burning fire

Where I'd sit, when young, in its radiating glow

Seeing imaginary pictures in the flaming pyre

And roasting chestnuts in the ashcan below.

On Saturday mornings I'd blacklead the grate

Which I'd burnish until I could see my reflection,

Then the brass fire-irons till they looked like gold plate.

This was my pride, my aim for perfection.

 

But the memory I'll always keep

Was the annual visit from the chimney sweep.

The thrill of standing on the verge

Of the pavement watching his brush emerge

Then dash in to announce what he already knew

That "the brush was poking out of the flue".

Then it seemed that no matter how much effort you put

Into cleaning the room, it still smelt of soot

Despite constant dusting and carpet beating

So, perhaps I prefer today's central heating

 

 

© 2016 Norman 223


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I find that I am reminiscing more as I get older. Things don't always change for the better but in many cases they do. I can identify with the pleasures of a coal fire but I never had to blacklead the grate. I have just given in to my wife's desire for a wood burning stove but i suspect i might be doing all the chores.
I did enjoy your poem.
Regards,
Alan

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Norman 223

4 Years Ago

Thanks Alan. As my father was ex Navy, polishing and "bull" became second nature to me, from the e.. read more



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I remember dad and the round coal stove. A family of 11, very cold winters, but never once do I remember being cold. Dad and mom were up at times through the night stoking that fire and adding coal. Your write brought back that memory, thank you so much. Valentine

Posted 4 Years Ago


Norman, you took me back to my granddad's living room and the old coal burning stove and carrying the coal scuttle, adding chunks to the fire, then watching the flames through the amber glass while the warmth filled the room. Thanks for taking me back. Good write

Posted 4 Years Ago


I really enjoy the twist and quirky senseability you put into your work. I was just flowing along with this one and by the end I was in total agreement. Every house iv'e been in with a fireplace they are beautiful but can be such a pain. lol

Posted 4 Years Ago


Ah, the good old days, when we had less leisure time and more household chores! A bit of nostalgia never hurt anyone, but I'm grateful for the extra (mostly wasted!) time I have on my hands these days. A nice trip down memory lane though!

Posted 4 Years Ago


Your well-written poem contains so many details that conjure up memories of similar things. I've never been around burning coal, but I've used fire for heat quite a bit, especially in recent years. I love the childlike viewpoint of your descriptions. I am always transfixed to watch the fire burn. I also love the sound of it. I did have a flue fire a couple winters ago & it scared the heck out of me! And becuz I heat with fire all winter long, everything smells like smoke, including me & the fur girls! *smile* I love all the true-to-life details you include with vivid descriptions.

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

3 Years Ago

I saw this poem of yours on my sidebar . . . my memory is so feeble, I can't remember what I've read.. read more
I managed to get chimney way to hot once and black soot fell from the chimney into the fire that day. What a great mess and scary. Fireplace is a wonderful bit of nostalgia. To read about your experience was a very nice bit of history. Thankyou it was beautiful.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Kathy Van Kurin

4 Years Ago

I wish my dad would write. He is your age and a great story-teller. Violin making-buildng is his poe.. read more
Norman 223

4 Years Ago

Violin making ,.Now that is an amazing art. The skill in shaping the body and getting the tonal v.. read more
Kathy Van Kurin

4 Years Ago

It is so interesting to realize that we all are living novels. I find your story inspiring; so glad .. read more
I find that I am reminiscing more as I get older. Things don't always change for the better but in many cases they do. I can identify with the pleasures of a coal fire but I never had to blacklead the grate. I have just given in to my wife's desire for a wood burning stove but i suspect i might be doing all the chores.
I did enjoy your poem.
Regards,
Alan

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Norman 223

4 Years Ago

Thanks Alan. As my father was ex Navy, polishing and "bull" became second nature to me, from the e.. read more

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Norman 223
Norman 223

Essex UK, United Kingdom



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Now, having reached the age of 89 I'm still trying to write as an optimistic exercise in keeping senility at bay, although I reluctantly have to accept age,unreliable memory, pacemakers and synthet.. more..

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