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New Poem*: Illusory Reprieve

It had only been a minute
that I had sat in the yard
heart straining
chest aching
coughing the smoke from my lungs
wiping soot and tears away with a hand
too dirty and trembling to
make a difference.

It had only been a minute
that I had sat in the yard
wheezing relief
sobbing gratitude
for my escape
as flames licked at windowsills and
taunted me from the doorway through which
I’d just fled.

Only a minute, realizing
you were still in there,
until I turned around and walked
back into the burning building,
though all the nightmares that wake me
have always been of fire.


*I haven’t written a new poem in nearly 4 years.  Which is far too long, and a little shocking to me.  Also, in other creative news, I entered 2 songs in a songwriting contest.  I usually don’t submit my writing anywhere, because there’s always an entry fee, and I’m averse to paying anyone to read my work, but after seeing last issue’s winners, I figured I had a shot.  I sent in “Lonely Ocean,” and my latest, “Wild.”  Please keep your fingers crossed.



I've been doing some form of creative writing since 9th grade, and have been a blogger since 2003. Like most bloggers, I've quit blogging multiple times. But the words always come back, asking to be written down, and they pester me if I don't. So here we are. Thanks for reading.

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