“Night Fire Road”…..

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(Watercolor done by JKB to illustrate “Night Fire Road”)



Sharp right into mystery,

Down black macadam churning

The guts and apprehension,

Pot-holed surface falling

Either side into waterlogged ditches.

Hurtling towards a tunnel

Of dark, smothering trees,

Deep in the mountain.

This is Night Fire Road

Spiraling down and up

Like the dark flames of its name.

Tires dumped in the tar of night

Maybe a car or two

Stolen, torched,

Liquor bottles christening the

Games of drunken fools.

Maybe it was meant

To be named for foxfire—

Bioluminescence come down from

The borders of Heaven

A gleaming fool’s gold

Only appearing at night

To tease greed and imagination.

Or perhaps it was named

For the illicit meetings

Of furtive lovers

Who shun daylight

And go enflame passion on

Night Fire Road.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2017

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16 Responses to ““Night Fire Road”…..”

  1. V.J. Knutson Says:

    “Night Fire Road” – what a great name. You have described it beautifully – love the painting.

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  2. Grace Says:

    That is some road deep into the mountain. I would like to believe it’s a road for illicit meetings of all sorts. Thanks for joining in Jane.

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  3. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Grace. Good to be back.


  4. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, V.J. Knutson.

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  5. kim881 Says:

    Such a beautiful name, Night Fire Road, Jane, and so dark and perilous, with its pot holes, ditches and tunnel o dark, smothering trees. I love the phrase ‘Tires dumped in the tar of night’ and the lines:
    ‘Or perhaps it was named
    For the illicit meetings
    Of furtive lovers
    Who shun daylight
    And go enflame passion on
    Night Fire Road’.

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  6. V.J. Knutson Says:

    You are welcome.

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  7. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Kim! I too, was taken by the name. I don’t think you even have to go down that road. Imagination is enough, and probably TOO much. LOL! Thank you, Kim.

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  8. Frank Hubeny Says:

    That is an unusual name for a road. I prefer your last stanza’s interpretation of why it was called that. Beautiful watercolor. I especially like the yellow-orange in the road drawing one’s attention to it..

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  9. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Frank! I am slow this week but will get to your lovely blog. I am so glad you read this poem, one of my favorites. And yes, only in the South would you find such a name! I rarely have a chance to do a painting for a poem but that one begged for paint. “The Kimono” is now (as of last week) on Amazon.com and I am thrilled at how it looks. And reads. LOL! I had forgotten the humor in this book! It gives great relief to battles and gore! Thank you, Frank. Good to read you.

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  10. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) Says:

    The contrast between the name and the reality of dumped cars and tires is great… I prefer the illicit meetings and the foxgloves *smiles*

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  11. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Bjorn! That’s foxfire…which is the bio luminance of rotting wood, etc. in the moonlight. There was a pile of this looking down from my childhood home in the countryside of Princeton. It only appeared at night, and probably when there was a moon out. When I (as a child) went down and outside to investigate….there was nothing except some tree limbs at were piled on the ground. I remember this from my childhood. Night Fire Road is an unusual name for any road. But it just throws glamour (veiled stuff) and mystery. Thank you, Bjorn.


  12. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) Says:

    Oh yes foxfire… I have only seen bioluminescence in the sea.

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  13. ladynyo Says:

    Oh! Well, at least you have seen it…on land or see, it’s fascinating. I have seen the aurora borealis only once…when it dipped down into central New Jersey when I was a child. The sky was black with green ribbons. Amazing!


  14. Gina Says:

    to tease greed and imagination is such a temptation that road is often taken recklessly .

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  15. ladynyo Says:

    With a name like that I would think so

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  16. Gina Says:

    absolutely! like a drink that promises so much more!

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