Maggie: Little fires in all the rooms would not quite make for a dark house...perhaps not even as a symbolic imagery for something deeper. That trivial comment out of the way, I quite enjoyed your poem with its wonderful use of metaphor and evocative phrases. You endowed this poem with thought and emotion; or so it seems to me. "...delicate runes of orange along the path" -- beautiful. Thank you for giving me something delightful and engaging to read this evening. I genuinely love this line.