Wood before it catches fire

There is a fizzing excitement in wood when it is about to catch fire. Steam hisses from its cut ends & the surface prickles dryly.

There is a beautiful rushing quality to the flames as they lick, river-like, on the wood, coaxing it to burn.

The wood makes a sound like nerves or the buzz of large wires…

One Response to Wood before it catches fire

  1. Philippa says:

    I can hear this perfectly! You are so good at describing sounds; something I had not really thought of before discovering your blog. I love watching flames chase bubbles to the edge of a log, urging them onwards ’til they sing out and rise as steam. I haven’t been by a log fire in months (years?) and your words whisk me right there warmly. Thank you. x

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