Sunday, 7 December 2014

The cheerfulness of the hearth

My poem for the day is by Robert Louis Stevenson about the joys of an open fire. How lovely it is to come inside on a Winter's day and sit in front of a fire. It is quite a hypnotic sight, watching the flames and the sparks flying up the chimney.

In rigorous hours, when down the iron lane
The redbreast looks in vain
For hips and haws,
Lo, shining flowers upon my window pane
The silver pencil of the winter draws.

When all the snowy hill
And the bare woods are still;
When snipes are silent in the frozen bogs,
And all the garden garth is whelmed in mire;
lo, by the hearth, the laughter of the logs -
More fair than roses, lo, the flowers of fire!

A stack of logs by the fire

There's nothing like a roaring fire on a winter day

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