Sunday, June 30, 2013

POEM: Blue Flame


There then goes the vascular flame,
A flame that carries heat & light.
There then goes a claim to this life.

There then goes gravity that once
fixed objects  to this earth, but
now repels each thing from the other.

There then goes blood & DNA
& the bruised secrets of loneli
ness, of Coumadin-induced ghosts

standing in white hospital rooms,
of cousins long deceased, speaking
in spectral whispers.   There then go

the dusky eyes, the easy smile,
what remains of our father’s voice.
There then goes what we imagined about his hands.

Then goes the blue flame that released us
with the warmth of the friction created
by fingers releasing a sisal

rope, one by one, until nothing
lasts, & everything is
cast away.

 

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