Friday, July 02, 2010

Pyromantics by Chella Courington

the father
shouldered
the boy
who twirled a baton
tipped in red
while the father
swallowed
long rods of fire
snuffed out somewhere
past lips
and over tongue
hidden behind teeth
yellowed from nights
tasting sulfur
as giants and dwarfs
with floppy orange shoes
snaked
into dollhouse windows
dangling toes
between me and the boy,

who looked about nine
when I was nine I
walked
over hot coals
dumped
from the grill by dad
who bet ten bucks
i couldn’t do it
and i said i would
if he would
and i did
and he laughed
wiping his hand across his mouth
me standing in burnt feet
crying

and saw myself
branding his back
as skin sizzled

his fingers
tapers in a church
that i lit


First Published: Oregon East Magazine 37 (2006).
Ed. Caitlin Mack.

21 comments:

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LOVE the fingers, tapers

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Anonymous said...

成熟,就是有能力適應生活中的模糊。............................................................

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