THE SLEEP OF FIRE

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THE SLEEP OF FIRE

(& The Kindling Point of Insomnia) --iWitness Station Fire Lines / Los Angeles 2009


Virtually by definition
Fire dreams
in color
of authority
immortal 

...or so it seems, 
impossible as it is to rationally imagine
a single moment in planetary history 
when something 
wasn't burning somewhere with 
(in crackling point of fact)
unmitigated abandon

...watching 
a small mountain 
crown itself almost volcanically grandiose in cumulus
& ash like snow dirty with lost age & ironic
want of meltwatering spring 
here in the dead-dog-daze of August~

but the billowing upper reaches of smoke 
choreograph an altitude of subzero silence

and a photo of it all would be a promise of rain soon

what's wrong
with that picture is the speed of its inner reality,
the mesmerizing hurtle
of rise and change

that something loose, 
invincibly burgeoning for awhile--
so much larger than us, for awhile,

stings the eyes and lungs of all species, 
each in their own way,
pets, humans, wildlife, even birds,

stuck 
at the underbelly of this Cloud

by the million across LA...

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