Sunday, February 7, 2010

St. Theodore of Heraclea (patron of soldiers)

I wonder which kindling

you chose to start the fire

to burn her down to ash.

Was it bay leaves brought

into flame? Destroy the

laurel that crowns those

against you. Or did you

decide to torch the field

maple? Burn the seed

before it has the chance

to become more than

itself. Perhaps it was

the pistachio? That

tiny pocket, popping

in the heat, mistaken

for fireworks from

a distance.

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