Round the Fire – John Chuchman


Remember the time

when the sun went down

and the only source of light we had

other than the changing moon

and firmament of stars




For millions of years,

we sat around fires,

gazing into the flames and embers

with cold and darkness at our backs,

as if in silent meditation.

The Fire

was a comfort to us,

a source of heat,

a source of light,

a source of protection;


but with care,


The Fire

gave us relaxation

at the end of the day;

in its warm flickering light,

we could tell stories,

talk about the day,

or just sit Silently

seeing the reflection of our minds

in the ever-changing flames

and magical glowing embers.

The Fire

made the darkness bearable,

and helped us feel secure and safe,

calming, reliable, restoring,

meditative and necessary.


this ritual of Fire

has disappeared

from our everyday lives

and with it

almost all opportunities

to be still.


So, join me,

Up North on Torch Lake

sitting around the Fire,

or wherever you are,

Being Present in the Moment,

not trying to get anywhere,

simply dwelling in our thoughts and feelings,

that in a simpler time,

people found in

Sitting Around the Fire.

John Chuchman received 2nd March 2018

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