White Oak Prayer

By: EarlB , 11:10 AM GMT on February 17, 2013

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The woodstove warmed me today
On a day of cold rain and snow.
Anticipating a long cold,
I brought in more wood
And had a second pleasure:
The smell of the smoke in the air.

A wood fire will warm you twice,
So it is said: once when gathered,
Again when burned.
But, what about when you
Remember the smoke
On a day with no fire?

Bury my ashes 'neath the White Oak tree
So that I may become one (man in tree),
So that one day, someone
Will burn us, breathe us in,
And we'll go on to warm again,
Amen.


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2. EarlB
5:26 PM GMT on February 22, 2013
sa,

yes, only good thoughts about my white oak... a
favorite of mine for splitting (it's bbq aroma)
and burning, a dense wood. it's a pretty-barked
tree, too! they almost glow in the woods here, a
true stand-out in the darker-barked woods.

eb
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1. shoreacres
2:59 AM GMT on February 22, 2013
I had to go a-hunting for you! I loved this the first time I read it, and love it now. It's a really nice poem.

I have to confess that "White Oak" brings to mind first images of White Oak bayou here in Houston - the bayou that took out a house in Tropical Storm Allison. That house taught me more about mold, studs, wiring, wet carpet, sheetrock, etc. ad nauseum than I ever wanted to know. But now I have a new association for White Oak - that's all good!
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