Pictures in the Fire by Harold Darling – Blue Lantern Books
Many years ago, in a Chicago flophouse, a poet died.
In his pocket they found a scrap of paper containing his last will and testament.
Having nothing of his own, he leaves the world to those behind — playing fields to the boys, moonlit nights to the young lovers, and for the aged, pictures in the fire.
Seen through the gentle eyes of this uncomplainingly departing spirit we see what we have afresh, and it is achingly beautiful. This poet has read it many times to herself and others, but never once without tears.
It’s a slender, beautifully illustrated coffee table book costing less than ten dollars, and makes the kind of gift that will transform the receiver’s Christmas, and all the year after.