Poetry of Kansas Here & Now, There & Then

and at first light ice invites fire remembrance      camp   kitchen   bedroom
summer’s burnt grasslands and sun-scorched skin

outside the stone-eyed snowgirl grows up cold
hard enough to endure the harsh world before she turns to slush

fire lends itself to stale tales no longer serving life   smolder and blaze
fanned flames serve up ash and haze linking earth and deep blue sky

hearth-keepers line the path to guide us back   you and I
to heart’s hearth where shadow and light sit   side by side

come back    to the hearth    to the heart     to the soul
tending fire

    —Hazel Smith Hutchinson

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Comments on: "4. To the Stars Through Difficulty: Hazel Smith Hutchinson" (4)

  1. Patricia Ranzoni said:

    Hazel Smith Hutchinson’s poem makes me cry. Both for the universal mystery it embodies,
    and the skill with which it is placed in our sky. Thank you again for the gift of these Kansan poets!

  2. Anonymous said:

    Good, solid contrast, turning the image from ice to fire to hearth *where shadow and light sit side by side,* and where the next poet could bring in the darker shades of Kansas.

  3. Jackie Magnuson Ash said:

    Good, solid contrast where the image turns from ice to fire to hearth *where light and shadow sit side by side,* and where the next poet could bring in the darker shades of Kansas.

  4. Patricia and Jackie – Thank you both for acknowledging and honoring my piece. Living and loving in with light and shadow all around!

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