by Larry L. Fontenot
She waits outside while dusk
begins dividing the day into half.
Inside, hardwood floors creak,
threaten the chance of silence,
remind her that he is still awake.
In this moment she steps away,
fingers a swell of breeze,
smells raw meat charring
above some campfire
far off in the nearby woods.
Night is a kettle of memories,
stirred until voices fold into each other,
roux simmered down into questions
that always sting her eyes.
Tonight she wants to ignite stars,
scorch the moon,
burn the house down,
start over with
nothing left behind.
The moon, half concealed, smolders,
slides through summer trees.
Space gathers to bridge what is known
and what wants to be forgotten.
From inside someone calls her,
and in the next moment,
as if everything is decided,
she opens the door,
and begins to learn
the skill of fire.
Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Larry Fontenot has made his home
Land, Texas, since 1981. He is a member of the Twitching Limes
local troupe of poets active in the Gulf Coast area. He has had
published in Arrowsmith, Bayousphere, Chachalaca Poetry Review,
Press, Conspire, i.e. magazine, Maverick Press, Maelstrom,
Minimus, Red Crow,
RiverSedge, Savoy Magazine, The Lucid Stone, and upcoming in
Literary Review. Larry was a Juried Poet at the 1999 Houston
Poetry Fest and
a Featured Poet at the 2000 Fest. A chapbook, Choices &
the winner of the Maverick Press 1996 Southwest Poets' Series
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