Coal Dust

Coal Dust
©Ray Waugh, Jr.

The coal bucket
       beside the old pot-bellied stove
       sitting in the center of the country store,
       surrounded by rickety chairs, and beat up boxes
provides many reasons for giving
       thanks to the Lord.

The Lord made the coal.
The Lord makes the ashes.
The Lord preserves life by the warmth of the fire.
There are many sides to life. God gives each of us
       the opportunity to appreciate
          the ash,
              the fire, and 
                  the coal…

From the darkness of the earth, to the fire in the
      stove, to the rising of the heat . . .

Yes, like people I know, coal is much more than
      the obviously dirty, dusty chunks

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