Speaking with Forest Fires

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I bear the guilt of my fear.
For not making sense to you.
I had hoped
You spoke
In the language of smoke signals and body armor.
Setting myself on fire would be a brightly raised banner,
Written on freshly opened skin,
Begging you to enter in with flashbang intervention
Like Ghosts on a rescue mission.

But when you saw the horizon and desired to go no further,
I knew I should have spelled out it for you.
Spoke in the language of your fathers;
Then maybe
You never would have shamed me
For the sins of my family.

I just found it easier to speak
In stargazing whispers on a cold breeze
Carrying the scent of forest fires and fire flies;
It was the only thing
Keeping me from jumping.

About St Basil Z Fish

Curator of the strange and incredibly awkward. A rambling writer with the misguided notion he has something to say. His only redeeming qualities are his wife and children.
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4 Responses to Speaking with Forest Fires

  1. Colin Harker says:

    I like the post-apocalyptic melancholia in this a lot!

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  2. Z. says:

    Thank you. I appreciate that!


  3. freakreborn says:

    Why does it feel like I’ve read this before? Maybe I ran across it once before without realizing. You have a way of burning words into one’s mind with amazing imagery. Even though the message/meaning of the poem seems to be quite straight forward I find myself re-reading and identifying many hidden meanings. I think that goes true for all great writers, the ability to hide many hidden passages all in one grand route. Amazing ! :)

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