After many days of sun
here comes its equal opportunity brother
the New England rain
just cold enough
even on these last days of June
to cause consideration of the wood stove
not only as an object of mechanical beauty
but also for its immediate capability
to warm flesh and memory both.
We lived here in the East
before then moving to the West
for reasons of broken hearts
the requirements of a fresh start
and a change in all the weather.
And it was effective mostly
for it’s a dry heat they have there in Texas
despite the many bars.
But while we are alive again now
we are partially also gone soft.
in ways I wouldn’t alter
Perhaps these are connected states
just as Maine and Austin
will also now for always be.
filtered only by coffee
is thin and clear these mornings
as I sweep the ashes out
and see the wood of our days
so thankfully rekindled.