1. a partially or mostly burned piece of coal, wood, etc.
a. any residue of combustion; ashes.
b. Geology. coarse scoriae erupted by volcanoes.
3. a live, flameless coal; ember.
a. the more or less completely fused and vitrified matter separated during the reduction of a metal from its ore. (also: slag)
b. a mixture of ashes and slag.
–verb (used with object)
5. to spread cinders on.
6. Archaic. to reduce to cinders.
–verb (used without object)
7. to spread cinders on a surface, as a road or sidewalk
I shall burn your shadow
So you won't haunt my dreams any more
Watching it flare up
Cinders and sparkles flying off
Smoke sickly sweet
On my tongue.
Its ashes I shall rub on my forehead
As a warning to all ghosts:
Here's one that walks alone.
27th January 2020
15 hours ago