NaPoWriMo 8 – The Burning

by krstaten

When the torch goes out,

you try to set fire
to anything you can–
whether house or home
or both, the thing
in your hand or the metaphor
itself, seeking guidance
in the burning.

You try to set fire
to yourself–bring the torch
inside yourself with
too much cheap, young scotch,
hope that you find
some solace
in the burning.

You try to set fire
to all the disappointing
things–a thousand useless
poems up in flames
as tinder, the smell
of ink floating over all
of the burning.


Today’s prompt was to use repetition. It was fun to play with. It’s not a device I use very often.

Today’s first recommendation: A long time favorite, “A Dream Within a Dream” by Edgar Allan Poe

Today’s recommendation of a fellow participant is someone who put a lot of my thoughts the last couple days into words better than I’ve been able to: “Immigration Pantoum” by Brenda Warren