Blackhawk Fire

The dawn a day decrees...
I see it before my eyes;
From a glow behind the trees,
I see the sun arise...

But I also see it tread
Out across the lake,
And there upon that stead,
A blazing path doth make...

It burns the water, it cannot be!
But there's the fire, in front of me
!      John Riedell

( For the student of poetry: Two four-line stanzas (quatrains) in mostly iambic trimeter, with two anapestic feet mixed in, along with an amphibrach and one lone syllable [a slight pause before it will help keep a spoken flow].  These are followed by a couplet mostly in iambic tetrameter with one amphibrach [second foot, first line]. See the breakdown below:)

      The dawn | a day | decrees...
     I see it | before | my eyes;   
(1st foot: amphibrach)
     From a glow | behind |  the trees,
(1st: anapestic foot)
     I see | the sun | arise.

     But I al | so see | it tread  (1st: anapestic foot)
     Out | across | the lake,
     And there | upon | that stead,
     A bla | zing path | doth make...

     It burns | the water, | it can | not be!
     But there's | the fire, | in front | of me!

 
   
 

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