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Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Robert Frost

The first time I read this poem, I was in a high school and I loved the phrase, "From what I've tasted of desire/I hold with those who favor fire. I had no idea what he meant beyond a cognitive understanding the words. I was still a baby with a hell of a lot to learn.

Today, I am on the threshold of middle age and I still have a lot to learn but I did pick up a few things since I was in high school. I know the bitter taste of betrayal and the scorched earth left behind by the rage it brings in its wake. I have also lived with a hate so cold that it nearly stopped my heart.

Fire will leave a pile of ashes but ice can leave something sadder; the preserved memory of what was; frozen but empty of all life.

Yes Mr Frost, both fire and ice can destroy the world each in it's terrible way. Thank you for saying it so eloquently.

March 2017

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