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A Holdover

––for Eliot


Deep down in the roots,

an ember has been held

by burnt brush piles

of winter explorations

for oil’s carbon energy.

Deep inside,

the spark remains.

It glows like an eyeball

until over time

summer’s heat and

charged winds

ignite through the roots,

sparks flare in the air

in the blindness of night.

I awake at dawn in your arms

to the summer’s largest fire,

clouds of aromatic smoke

emanate from




[Originally published in NHS 2008, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs08/Vivian_Demuth.htm.]