The fire is a thorough & voracious reader.
Page by page my old manuscript turns gray & brittle
& when the mist thickens into rain,
the smoking pile emits a long thin sigh.

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Dave Bonta (bio) crowd-sources his problems by following his gut, which he shares with 100 trillion of his closest microbial friends — a close-knit, symbiotic community comprising several thousand species of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. In a similarly collaborative fashion, all of Dave’s writing is available for reuse and creative remix under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. For attribution in printed material, his name (Dave Bonta) will suffice, but for web use, please link back to the original. Contact him for permission to waive the “share alike” provision (e.g. for use in a conventionally copyrighted work).


  1. “The fire is a thorough & voracious reader.”

    Love that. It could be the epigraph of “I, Reader”.


  2. I hate to see a book burning. Brings up shuddering shades of Savonarola or Fahrenheit 451. Even an old manuscript is a record of what you were doing and thought at the time. But then, I’m a hopeless pack rat of the past sooo hope it was a lovely light.


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