A space in between the logs


Leading From Within
Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead
Sam Intrator and Megan Scribner










A recent post about negative space, and the waiting time of transitions brought to mind one of my favorite poems, Fire, by Judy Brown.

What makes a fire burn

is space between the logs


So building fires

requires attention

to the spaces in between,

as much as to the wood.


A fire


simply because the space is there.

Today’s Writer’s Almanac also touched on the theme of space and waiting.


Here in the Time Between

by Jack Ridl

Here in the time between snow
and the bud of the rhododendron,
we watch the robins, look into

the gray, and narrow our view
to the patches of wild grasses
coming green.
As if living in a prayer, we say
amen to the late arrival of red,
the stun of green, the muted yellow

at the end of every twig. We will
lift up our eyes unto the trees hoping
to discover a gnarled nest within
the branches’ negative space.




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2 thoughts on “A space in between the logs

  1. What nice sentiments! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’m watching my spaces between the logs right now. My last fire for this winter. I’m officially ending it and thinking about the spaces.

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