Fiery Lake by Jeff Flesch

The painting of a fiery sunset sky against the setting of hills, lake, and land
Photo by jes872148, Pixabay

love lives in each heartbeat

and breath

we take, regardless of past

mistakes

and the pain we rake

like mist

that takes me on a trip down memory lane

and into the fiery lake

I transpire.

lingering on the petal of a flower

and, within an hour?

clarity becomes truth

just like the love, I feel for you

-JEFF FLESCH

Jeff grew up in Los Angeles, and now lives in Corvallis, Oregon, where he works in Educational Leadership. Jeff’s interests and passions include personal and professional development, developing new ways to increase access to higher education, and creating inspiration, transformation, and more equity throughout society. Visit Develop. Inspire. Transform. to read more of his thoughts and writing.

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29 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Jeff writes of past love and heartache. It is a constant that remains and often returns in the form of memories, some sweet, some bitter. Silencing the mind allows the heart to find its way and realise the feelings that reside in the depths of one’s being. A promise to cherish each moment.
    Congratulations Jeff!

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much for the lovely reflection and acknowledgment, Terveen. I’m honored.

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  2. Sadje says:

    Congratulations Jeff. A beautiful take on love and it’s pain.

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome my friend

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  3. Congratulations , Jeff. So beautiful .💕

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, dear Grace. 💞

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      1. My pleasure 💕

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  4. Mike U. says:

    Well done, Jeff. What a fascinating and otherworldly piece. As always, nature finds its way into your poetry, and we readers are all the better for it. Truly masterful writing, good sir! 🙂

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      That’s so kind; thank you so much, Mike! I’m honored. 😊

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  5. Congratulations, Jeff! Beautiful piece💛👏🏼

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Deeksha! 💛✨

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  6. Jeff, beautifully expressed! Many congratulations. ❤️

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      I’m so happy you think so; thank you so much, Punam. ❤️

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  7. jonicaggiano says:

    Lovely piece and I really like the simplicity of the words which make a powerful and visual statement. Love and hugs my friend, Joni

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Joni. I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Love and hugs, my friend.

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  8. Michele Lee says:

    A gorgeous reframing of pain and past mistakes into clarity and love. ✨💖 A lovely poetic reflection, Jeff. 🌳

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Michele. ✨💖 I’m so happy to know you enjoyed it. 🌳

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  9. Another beautiful piece, with an exquisite image that paints the fiery lake in all its glory/.. Such a wonderful title..exciting and your thoughts are full of love and understanding.. I felt a sudden wave of peace, when I finished your last line Jeff…❤️

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Aww, thank you so much for this gorgeous reflection and acknowledgment, Karima. ❤️

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  10. K.Hartless says:

    A baptism of sorts. The sense that if we are still we can indeed find the answers we seek. The fiery lake that mirror’s the heart’s fire. A wonderful reminder that there is indeed time for reflection and being even when we feel that our lives are in perpetual motion. This one makes me miss sunrises over the water, as well. Beautiful poem, Jeff. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Ahh, I love this idea of a baptism of sorts. Such a wonderful reflection, as always. I’m honored. Thank you so much, K. 💜

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      1. K.Hartless says:

        You’re very welcome, Jeff.💜

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  11. So beautiful Jeff! Wonderful poem! You understand the workings of the mind and heart!

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  12. Beautiful piece, Jeff. We are but love ❤

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  13. A lovely poem with love’s gift holding us in the softness of the petals of the rose that we float on in our darkest times. Nicely done Jeff. Congratulations!

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  14. inaloveworld says:

    Beautiful poem! I love the final reflection: “clarity becomes truth/ just like the love, I feel for you”. Congratulations!

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  15. Congratulations, dear friend! Your poem is beautiful and the line of true love lingering on a flower petal, l feel that, such a beautiful and profound image. 🙏🏽👏💝

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