Among the things he’s missing

Is hearing that moist wood hissing…

Boiling out pitch

Cauldrons of a witch,

Seeing hot sap fizzing.

A hard and dirty job,

With wood to open door knobs…

Once inside

Filling with pride,

Watching burning logs.

Exercise–times three–

Cutting up a downed tree…

Chop and split

Before burning it,

The ashes you get for free!

Heating the stove till red,

The wife thought I’d lost my head…

Super warm

The height of a storm,

To cool off–go to bed.

Apartments don’t have wood stoves,

Because of fire hazard alone…


During a freeze

Won’t keep us warm alone!

An all-electric home,

Romantic notions are none…

Pay the bill,

No wood box to fill,

Nor the need for one!

–Jonathan Caswell


About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.
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