Man catches fire

I had the nerve to talk

and the presence of mind

to hear the reply,

which pierced the ear

and fell and swirled

about the entrails.

 

I could not understand,

but I saw a smile and a shade

of pale skin glow, and now

you’re  down on me like a shadow.

 

Maybe I too

am on my knees:

scrubbing the pavement;

or at the table; the traffic lights;

pumping gas at the station,

thinking of you.

 

At night – it’s like the Christmas lights

I saw as a child long after my eyes

were shut tight.

4 thoughts on “Man catches fire”

  1. Hi Marco, those closing lines sum it up, the flash holding on inside eyes tight shut, and what a title..perfectly matches the piece. I love the opening gambit:
    I had the nerve to talk
    and the presence of mind
    to hear the reply,

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