Wood ash is best known,
found in campfires and fireplaces;
the solid remains of fires,
residues of complete combustion;
dark-colored ashes hold
higher concentrates of charcoal.
In addition to common
wood ash, other types of ashes:
cigar ash, cremains —
fly ash, incinerator-bottom ash.
Funeral pyres generate
vibhuti, sacred ash used in rituals.
Volcanic ashes plume
and disperse during an eruption.
anything ash-colored or ash-like.
Baby blankets turn
cinereous in barrel incinerators.
My blinkie flared away
pink, before it too turned to ash.
Yes, a child may chant —
and offer uncertain sacrifices.
Ashes, ashes; we all fall down.
. . . . .
Susan Powers Bourne
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