veil dance (oh no)

firebox

it is a dance of veils
in the fireplace
at night

heat
has separated bark
from the wood
on a log that I have thrown
onto the hearth

flickering tongues
of yellow and blue
are appearing

(lick)

disappearing

twirling as though
they are arms raised
sinuously

(lick)

then disappearing

the bark
as it lifts
so slowly away
is a checkerboard
of burn
colored very slightly
volcano

very slightly alive
and it’s throbbing

(lick)

oh no

(lick)

oh no no no

home to the swirling
gyring
of hunger

home
to the voluptuous oh no
no no

(lick)

no no no

no
no no no

burning acrobats
leaping into the fire

conflagrating into
a veil mirage
that is all shimmer oh no

oscillation scintillation
glimmer into gleam

(lick)

oh no
oh no

the fire
no no
is dancing flames
distorting light
around the burn
in the heart
oh no
no no no
no no no

it is the dance
of fire and veils

it is the dance


© Frank Prem, 2017

July 2017 Poem #15: as recorded

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