Smolder Factor

“LINE IN THE SAND”, 40″ x 30″, 2003, m/m
I was listening to the radio this morning

As someone talked about survival of the fittest.

I hear that phrase and am continually thrown

Into the tired inquiry:

“Am I fit?”

On the evolutionary scale, is someone like me meant to drop to the side of the road

Because I am unable to keep up in the physical realms?

Well… no.


Honestly, somebody has got to change these litmus tests we use

To decide who has got worth

And who is not worth the effort.

Today, that someone will just have to be me.

Tell me that your heart is not changed and better

For having witnessed this.

Really, I ask you:

Do you think these people have ‘fitness’

In a way most of us have never even come close to?

I am calling it: ‘THE SMOLDER FACTOR”

Because it isn’t an ‘in your face’ kind of thing at all

But it has the heat

And sort of slow, transformative quality

That gets at ‘ya

When you least expect it.

If you get in there

And really FEEL those people

Can you tell me you’d leave them

By the side of the road

Without knowing in the bottom of your stomach

You missed some sort of treasure

For which there is no name?


One Response to “Smolder Factor”

  1. gerry harty on August 9th, 2011

    thanks cathy…a wonderful way to start off my day!!!

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