axeman: an alchemy

flame
flows like water
from the coal bed
up
to yellow-kiss the baffle

embers glow radiance
like a beating heart

the devil
alive
and dancing

that wood I hewed
with my splitter raised
then brought to shatter hardwood rounds
into bites and chips and slices
is incarnated
into the short-lived god
of fire


© Frank Prem, 2016

Poem #25: shoe dance

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