Learning Fire

(November, 2013)

I want to lick the glow of the fire
in your honor
for how can something so ephemeral
ever be caught?
I want to study you
the way I study the fire.
I want to know
what makes you grab and lick and why.
I want to know the process by which
your love becomes ashes
and if I could hold the center
through all of your burning.
I want to know intimately
the heat of being devoured
and what will be left
lying smoldering in the bed
when all of this dull carbon
I have been clinging to
is gone.

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