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fever dream

a fever dream


or hallucination
of 
a
woman
                young
                               sliding                                                       
                                                            down
                                                            ward
                                                            in
                                                            to
                                                            dark
                                                            ness
until 
 
                                                        she hits

awakens 
just
as they pull her 
                             from  
                                      the furnace


this is not hell?

they pour 
what’s leftover
into an urn
wipe the            spillage 
                                             onto 
                                                            the floor like
        				    dinner	 
   			                       crumbs

smack her down
onto a table
in a strange room
                                              leave her 

                                             solitary
dusty 
decades 
later
I arrive
with
colourful carpets 
paperback books

                                                open windows                                  let light in
the cracked blinds 
fall         apart

I know her name
whisper

remove her lid
look inside the marbled depths 
flakes of soot
pale shredded bone

pop pop pop:
she begins to crackle
like ruins 
of a bonfire

tendrils of smoke 
                                                                                                slither 	
                                                                                                                                upward:
she’s a live wire, 
sparking infinitely
sending up 

                                 small 		    explosions 	
                                               of powder. 

I taste sulphur 
inhale her 

hold her in my hand
feel her heat 

shudder 
as she begins 
                                 to glow

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