star swallower

September 23, 2011
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she felt cool flames coiling

a bright blue flickering in her fist

& at their base a weighty blob

throbbed faintly there upon her palm

the lump swelled against her skin

only to deflate & rise again, rhythmically,

leaving behind blots of something

that oozed wet & dark like ink

up rose gold sparks from the fire

to nestle in her throat’s tender hollow,

a cluster of light that glowed yellow

& stung like she’d swallowed the molten sun

it’s just the heart of a child, said he,

fluttering like a bird, said she, and smiled.

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