I ignite, like the drunkard’s match,
in exhausted alleyway at 2 a.m.
Burn my fingers on this fire
that strikes in hours deaf and blind.
I ignite, like winter kindling,
quickly and brightly as heavy scented cedar.
Rush of sap to open air, needle-rich,
heady release of earth and breath.
I burn, like birch bark,
written with welted words,
living pages of white set to flame,
these lines, smoke-signal reflections.
and all that was, dissipates.
I burn, like ancient, peat bog fires,
memory, coiling and uncoiling,
a cryptic dance over moors.
covering the moon with smoldering fingers.
Eric McLuhan, author of Electric Language,The Role of Thunder in Finnegans Wake, and co-author with Marshall McLuhan of Laws of Media, and Media and Formal Cause.
edited by Dale Winslow and Erin Badough