A Poem by Heather Rodwell

The delicate destroyer


© 2019 Heather Rodwell

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Interesting symbolism in this one. I think the fire described is actually a symbol for life, with a capital L. As such, it unifies, or as the poem states, burns bridges. Also, it clears away dead things, making room for clean air. Furthermore, it "destroys the destroyer," probably death, giving life to the phoenix, the mythical bird that rose from the ashes. This imagery is repeated with the picture of green shoots coming out of burnt seeds. The last two couplets reinforce the symbolism by portraying life as a never-ending circle that continues beyond human hope. A well written, reassuring poem for the dead of winter.

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Added on February 14, 2019
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Heather Rodwell
Heather Rodwell

Cape Town, South Africa

As a normal human being would, I'd do things, see people and go places. Yet I see everything in a different light. I watched my grandfather die, and instead of crying, I was inspired. I have a morbid .. more..