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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Harriet feels a burning sensation

It is late on
At Toby's beach barbecue
When Harriet's pretty
Summer dress
Catches fire.

Harriet reflects
That fire is not just molecules
Changing address;
Fire is molecules downsizing
In order to become
Upwardly mobile.

Fire is cool like that.

Even cooler
Is the adjacent ocean.

Harriet throws herself
Into the dark, raging surf.

Not unexpectedly,
She finds the fire
In her dress
Quenched.

This is good.
The fire might have become
Tiresome
If it had been allowed
To spread
To adjacent regions.

And often
The elemental energy
Of the ocean

Is best appreciated
In the absence of clothes.


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Surf on rocks
A photograph by Anne Mary Teichert

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2 Comments:

Blogger Cherrie said...

Most everything is better appreciated in the basence of clothes!

6:19 am  
Blogger Cherrie said...

I meant absence!

6:19 am  

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