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My Dust, My Ash

Burning insense

I dip my toes in last eve’s ashes
Kick the dust around me
Marvelous whirl, afloat
Tiny drifting carriages

It’s dark, dim. Where’s the light?
Throw back the shutters
Revel the jarring clatter
Seek night against the bright

I cup my hands, collect the effect
Fluid gold—it claws its way in
Treasure in my sea of shadows
enthusiasm resurrect

Beware—curious souls within

Let them come, let them see
Ancient dwindling revelation
Barefoot madness, inspired glee
Harmony in the dichotomy


Photo and poem © Samantha Burgett 2023
For more: “Unraveling”


  • Pooja G
    September 21, 2023 at 4:27 pm

    Such a great poem, absolutely loved it.

    • Samantha Burgett
      September 23, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks Pooja! I’m glad you enjoyed this one.

      • Pooja G
        September 24, 2023 at 8:17 am

        My pleasure!

  • Michele Lee
    September 21, 2023 at 8:54 pm

    Oh my, this is heavenly. Must read again… 😊
    Your book arrived! 💗

    • Samantha Burgett
      September 23, 2023 at 3:36 pm

      Aww thanks Michele, I’m glad you enjoyed this one! 🙏🏼 And yay! I hope you enjoy the book! (Although its pretty intense in the beginning and not necessarily “relaxing” material, ha.) Thank you for your support! I appreciate you so, so much! ❤️

      • Michele Lee
        September 23, 2023 at 4:47 pm

        You are so welcome! An attractive presentation. Can’t wait to dive in. Thank you in advance for your patience. 😊❤️

  • Bridgette
    October 17, 2023 at 12:28 am

    “Fluid gold”—so beautiful!


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