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Nov 152012
 

by Henry 7.Reneau, Jr.

 

a caution shade of combustion all appetite:

red lipstick that mimics arousal;

 

red hair kissed by flaming fire,

awakening Ann-Margret’s purr,

light & paper thin,

a perfect flint to start a quarrel, or bullet 

that portends a war;

 

fist-tight crimson resurrected & flung

into scorching solar wind,

white phosphorous phoenix, all molten red

& gold immolation.

 

running red-light scared, terror-blind

& frightened russet sparrows

& brushfire sweep of abandon-ship crows

launch into arsonist scarlet sky,

 

an obsession with the pyre 

terrific as all creation.     anima ablaze

& dancing with desire, red rebellious heart

burned at the stake, conflagration

 

to redshift reincarnation

at the igneous end of panic, obsession

to vaporization,

a crematoria bone-gray ash, reborn

an unrequited, & intimate, act of passion.