Poem: Hearth Heard – InDaily

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This week’s Poet’s Corner is from Andrew Ballard in Adelaide.

hearth heard

old stone fireplace
framed
with ruined masonry
heard more
that we
could never say
lights on
the flames danced
billy brewed tea
damper lifted
warmed bones
first struck flint
long before
flicker
in the eyes of the grandparents
blackened and cold
lies naked
under the stars
hit a flint
one last time
as the embers crackle
Listen
for tales once told
by that
old stone hearth.

Andre Ballard lives in Adelaide. After 11 years as a medical non-commissioned officer in the Royal Australian Navy, he worked for medical companies selling devices and instruments, then as a mental health support worker, and as a support worker and first aid instructor in the elderly care. Suffering from systemic mastocytosis, he took early retirement and took up digital art and writing. His poems have been published by TAMS, The Australasian Mastocytosis Society; in the United States in the New Jersey magazine Mignolo Arts Group, in the New York poetry magazine “Open Skies”; and previously in “Poet’s Corner”. He was shortlisted for this year’s Mindshare Creative Writing Awards, in the Established Poets category, for his poem “Cloud 9”.

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