burning man

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third degree burns – 

are you solid, liquid, gas, plasma?

what does a burning man feel like

when you get too close?

it’s third degree frostbite –

you hope they thaw so you can, too.

they burn so bright,

you look away and see blue-sky sprites,

they dance and taunt you.

you forget what the burn feels like,

but you come back for more.

a burning man never disintegrates, 

an eternal effigy to their self,


smoke clouds obscure them.

you will know a burning man

when you walk away tinged

and covered in the soot,

you will recall the smells

and the mirage,

and the burns will remind you

that a burning man 

burns alone.

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