From blaze

This entry is part 12 of 23 in the series Morning Porch Poems: Winter 2013-14


to smolder and smear:
everything serviceable

as kindling— paper, wood
shavings; promises, lies,
joss sticks, posturing.

The hard become soft,
treasure of coal with its heart
of burning coral. Blown breath

in the cupped half-cove
of darkness, fire in the belly
that must never go out—


In response to an entry from the Morning Porch.

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