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Burning Down to Ashes by Ronald Moran

I burned down to ashes once too often
for my age, advanced; but since blame,
like guilt, demands yet another lopsided
amount of our time, given cable news
networks, like Fox, setting programs
up on afternoons to be like prizefights,
I am trying to adjust my lone lifestyle
to be more harmonic, like the cooling

vibrations of my wind chimes that hang
down from the eave of my porch, caressing
each other so lightly you’d think they were
celestial, not a term to define our culture
or me, my singularity with self and wine,
until tonight, when I rose out of my ashes.


3 thoughts on “Burning Down to Ashes by Ronald Moran

  1. RONALD MORAN lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina. He was educated at Colby College and Louisiana State University. His poems have been published in Commonweal, Connecticut Poetry Review, Emrys Journal, Louisiana Review, North American Review, Northwest Review, The Orange Room Review, South Carolina Review, Southern Poetry Review, Southern Review, Tar River Poetry, and in eleven books/chapbooks of poetry. His poetry has received a number of awards and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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