Ablaze

Flames burn to red embers
on the kitchen hearth.
In the entry,
rooster dazzles
as he swaggers,
rusty plumage
sparkling emerald and ruby.

Even when fire tapers,
tea warms lips.
Rain on tin roof rattles;
knee balances mug
between sips.

When the storm disperses,
all eyes on rooster
as he darts back out.
In dimming light
the only jewel now shining:
red coal on the hearth.

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