A Stack of Wood

A stack of wood is comforting. Solid yet soft, wood provides a comfortable stability and a feeling of closeness to nature. Stacked neatly, it presents the illusion of order. In the mess of a snowstorm, that order reduces the sense of chaos. The dangers of winter, the chaos, are survived through preparation and planning, and stacks of firewood are a manifestation of that.

At the same time, firewood makes me feel nostalgic. It reminds me of when I was young in Colorado and people used fireplaces all the time without fear of climate change. It reminds me of the smell of smoke on crisp winter air. I remember nights sitting with my legs stretched towards a fireplace watching orange flames dance while feeling the heat on my skin. I’m transported back to that time whenever I see a stack of wood standing in falling snow.

薪の山

積み上げられた薪の山に心が和む。頑丈であるが柔らかい、木は心地よい安定感と自然に近いという感覚をもたらす。整然と積まれた木を、秩序と錯覚する。吹雪がもたらす乱雑さの中においては、その秩序が混乱を和らげる。準備と計画をもって冬の脅威、混乱を乗り越える。薪の山はその顕現だ。

同時に、薪を見ると懐かしさを覚える。僕が小さい時にコロラドで、人々が気候変動を恐れることなく暖炉を使った、その頃を思い出す。すがすがしい冬の空気に漂う煙の匂い。暖炉に向けて足を伸ばし、オレンジ色の炎が舞うのを見ながら肌に熱を感じた夜。僕は雪が降る中に積み上げられた薪を見るたび、僕はたちまちその頃に思いを馳せる。

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