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nothing but the flame

your candle is burning and no one
will talk about it. shutting the door.
swallowing to mask the sound.
the faerie lights go out one by one
and I think about replacing them red.
I sneeze — there’s no one else.
I sneeze and there’s no one else.
we sit in the dark because if we
turn the light on, eventually our eyes will
adjust and then it won’t hurt us anymore.
you’re on fire and I hate you for it.
I’m afraid of the heat.
your half illuminates mine, even when
I don’t want it to. I’m begging for it.
you wrapped the lights around
me and I can’t swallow to cover it up.
you count my conjunctions quietly, as if
we have all the time in the world. you
aren’t going anywhere. and I’m counting,
and counting and waiting. your candle
is burning and I didn’t realize how badly
I would need it to go out. you used to
silence it with your fingers. you don’t
have fingers. you don’t have flames.
just fire. you’re burning.


Biography
Jessica Robinson is a young Canadian writer based in “The City Above
Toronto,” who spends her time watching people and trying to do them
justice on paper. She has had poetry published with
Purple Pig Lit, The
Furious Gazelle
, and Room magazine, and literary non-fiction published
with
True Blue magazine. She is currently a contributor for The Lambda,
the Laurentian University newspaper. You can find her on Twitter
@hey_jeska.
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nothing but the flame

Poem by Jessica Robinson
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Published July 22, 2015