The Campfire

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A girl ends her day alone by a campfire...

Submitted: September 24, 2018

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“The Campfire”

 

The smoke from

the campfire

hung in the

stillness

of the night

air

she poked at

the mostly burnt

logs

with a long

stick

causing a flame

to reach up

from the embers

and lap against

the freshly exposed

wood,

she is transfixed

by the orange

glow

it’s light

only reaching

out

five feet from

it’s pulsing heart

where she sits

alone

in this circle

of illumination

the pitch black

night

has its grip

on the world

around her

her best friend

Cindy

and a newly

acquired boyfriend

turned off

the lantern in

their tent

an hour ago

a two girl

tent

that was suppose

to include her

not some guy

Cindy met

a week ago

not that she

is surprised

by this

Cindy always

falls in love

hard and fast

“this guy is

different”

Cindy would

tell her

“I can see it

in his eyes”

if she had a

dollar

for every time

she heard that

they could be

at a five star

resort

instead of the

backwoods

of a state

park,

Cindy did have

one trait

she was jealous

of

no matter how

badly

her heart gets

crushed

in three days

time

it will be

wiped

from her memory

totally forgotten

like a goldfish,

unlike her

after her last

break-up

she cried nonstop

for three straight

days

and then ate

nothing but

Häagen-Dazs

ice cream

for a whole

week

before she would

even go outside,

they were polar

opposites

when it came

to guys

she liked

clean-cut

hard working

types

while Cindy

went for

guys with lots

of hair,

ink

and free time,

that last thought

made her smile

her best friend

was a nut

but the die

of friendship

for the two

of them

was already

cast

long ago

they were

to be

best friends

for life,

she reaches over

to a beat-up

cooler

fishes around

in the icy cold

water

till her hand

finds the long

neck

of a bottle

of beer

the only thing

Cindy’s new

boyfriend brought

with him

she twists off

the cap

and then flips

it

into the fire

takes a long

drink

then turns her

attention

back towards

the burning logs

her eyes catch

a dark swirl

of smoke

rising up

through a

continuous

column of

transparent

heat

she follows it

up in to the

sky

losing sight of

it

as it blends

in

to the blanket

of stars

above her

she takes another

long drink

as the universe  

unfolds

before her

she wishes

Cindy was

sitting next to

her

as was planned

to see the

wonders

the night sky

is offering up

to her

but the beauty

of the distant

stars

and bent cosmic

light

will have an

audience

of only one

tonight,

even though

she’s tired

and sitting alone

out here

she can’t deny

the strong bond

she feeling with

nature

right now

so she decides

to have another

beer

lean back

and enjoy the

show

she’s being given,

but not before

digging out that

bottle cap

she threw in

the fire earlier

and putting it

in the trash

feeling ashamed

for throwing

it there

in the first

place

and after

doing so

she would swear

to Cindy

in the morning

she could feel

nature smile…

 

Tom Allen…09-21-2018…

 


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