Campfires are more than a place of warmth. They are a distinct location in which to gather and tell stories while bracing oneself against the chilly elements, often under a majestic night sky cluttered with stars.
Prior to written language and the formalization of religious structures, people gathered around a nightly campfire to find their common ground to consecrate their identities through the customs of songs and storytelling. Creating a strong sense of place bonded people to each other and laid the foundation for a united village or community.
My campfires are literary. Two contrasting words are painted on the end of each branch. The branches are placed into a campfire structure inviting people to gather and read them -- to respond with their own stories -- to imagine new possibilities.
Here are some of the words: