The fire burns, birch and maple
And long extends my moments,
For time like wood exhausts
My years, my body—abhorrent.
This room grows cold and then,
Our shadows roll congruent,
For dark will hold though time
Thy fondness reigns triumphant.
This poem first appeared on John Blase's blog. was kind enough to feature one of my new poems on his website. HERE.
Timothy Willard is the author of five books, including Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life and the forthcoming The Life-Giving Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019). He has collaborated on over 20 books and has written, consulted and served as spiritual director for organizations such as Chick-fil-A, Catalyst, Q Ideas and Praxis Labs. When he’s not riding the trails in the Appalachian mountains you can find him by the fire with his three daughters and his wife making up stories about Tom the back yard badger. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.