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March 2009, vol 5 no 1

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Giselle Maya

Le Foyer

here where I live in the mountains the fireplace is the center of the house
the old village houses all have fireplaces     they seem antiquated but work
and are rebuilt in the same traditional style even in new houses
many people cut their own wood here     collect kindling     pinecones

the fire warms our hearts and bones     we crack walnuts and almonds     roast chestnuts
talk or keep silence     a tale will surface now and again to be told in
a singing voice and heard by those who sit curled in a chair with a cat on their lap

a breath of snow     for enjoyment     I light a fire

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