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The Hearth

Between me and reason does emotion intrude
With its irrational appeal
Emotion's shape is warm, though crude
Simply put - it's how I feel
To the cosmopolitan it's a barrier
To success, of course, though not to life
That hearth to me is a courier
Of love, which confronts the strife
Which we endure through peace or war
Where loved ones gather when it's cold
The fireside delegates stress afar
And many a traditional story is told
I ask myself, in retrospect
Is it the story or the hearth
It's a merger of the two, I suspect
The laughter, the crack of burning wood
Does not allow me to depart
Jean Lunt Marinovic
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