to build a fire

i’m as dark as the deepest white

and dawn to the end of night,

when everything’s closed but your eyes.

they are earth’s rich soil

reflecting heaven’s wild flame.

electric cigarettes all go out,

the neon dims

and your limbs are free.

too expensive for money

and too smart to learn.

logic gave up on you long ago,

its will broken and beat.

i break its brother,


across my knee like a twig.

i use the splinters to build you a fire

where we burn all that keeps us apart

and watch the smoke rise

like arms

reaching for someone to hold.

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