60 thoughts on “Burnt

  1. LOVE it! Chuckling outloud I am. Burning life’s possibilities…such a clever idea here in terms of burning up those fortune cookies! And then to think, she just wanted to cookies 🙂 Thanks for the smile this chilly day!

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        1. Even better then. WCW at work in the background of our unconscious. I was on my way to work when it just scrambled up into my awareness unannounced. Exquisite.


  2. Hmmm… The metamorphosis of turning hollow fortunes from hollow cookies into ash and smoke is packed with symbolism. The two pieces of reality are excellent contrasts: common gas stove serves as a grand pyre, and the angry owner of the cookies. Did the poet burn her sense of fate and fortune? Does her anger burn something as existential? Much here!

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    1. Thanks! I thought the burnt offerings of fortune were slightly interesting as an image. As I started out writing, I kept reflecting about how we humans have a long history of various kinds of burnt sacrifice across many religions and in many ways. What does it mean to us, in some kind of visceral way? (There it is again, LOL!) Why do we do it? What does it satisfy? What do we hope to accomplish? Appeasement of the gods, of fortune, self-abnegation, a shriving? Is it a meaningful gesture or a frivolous one?

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  3. Haha. Nice poem. If only fortune was really there in those cookies.
    I am relatively new to blogging. Love it when I come across blogs and posts like that of yours.
    Just 3 posts old here. I am working on a series of 5 and the 4th post is on the way here.Would be glad if you could drop by my blog.

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  4. LOL! I actually love this, that poetic belief that your truths are hidden in a cookie, and realizing–wait, they’re in a cookie–and burning them all. Amazing, and so creative. I wish I thought of it.

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    1. Thanks. I was actually very much thinking of burning joss paper when I wrote this, so a bit of a Chinese practice applied to our very western product. Don’t think many people reading this other than you will understand that, LOLOL! Wasn’t important to understand the poem, but figured you’d appreciate that.

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      1. No wonder I took it in without much hesitation, since it’s in our everyday language to talk of burning things for the otherworldly. 🙂 This made me wonder … what tonnage of CO2 is contributed by the Chinese ghosts. Lol

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