Tuesday, February 23, 2010

St. Polycarp (patron against earaches and dysentery)

keep the fire at arm’s length.

this ear is a snail that keeps

spiraling. too deep. too much


martyrdom is a window back

to the living. where skin burns

like ants under a magnifying glass.

expect blisters. a lake forms

in your palm, a red balloon

inflates just above the small

of your back.

so much blood can

put out a fire.

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