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Saturday, March 8, 2014

THINGS FIRE CAN'T DESTROY



Things Fire Can’t Destroy

Burn letters, burn books,
burn bridges.

Burn down a courthouse;
you won’t incinerate

the stench of injustice.
There are things fire

can’t destroy.
The human body

stores it all:
the pistol of grief.

The fist of lust.
Facts of abandonment.

Scars of wonder.
So burn the body, then:

consume it with fire.
Use flamethrowers

of suicide: Cocaine, heroin, starvation.
Use tools of genocide:

Small pox, napalm, ovens.
Burn enough bodies

and you can burn memory.
Burn enough bodies

and you can burn history.
That’s the theory.

In practice, memory
lives on in underground

streams, deep veins
carving their own channels

into the next hidden spring.
Memory seeps like an oasis

waiting to wet the parched
throats of truthtellers

who go on, nesting one
inside the other,

like a phoenix inside
a phoenix

inside
a phoenix.

       - DEBORAH A. MIRANDA

1 comment:

  1. Wise, on the mark, and near the edge and where I am walking towards.

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