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Burn

I burn up rather quickly My throat tightens My hands wring My eyes wince from the smoke I wipe the soot from my skin My feet tread carefully

Burn

 

I catch fire more often than I care to admit

I catch feelings that fan the flame

I wonder if others burn the way I do

I wonder if they have pulled all the alarms

You can only fuel the fire for so long

You can’t watch from afar

 

I burn up rather quickly

My throat tightens

My hands wring

My eyes wince from the smoke

I wipe the soot from my skin

My feet tread carefully

 

Not sure where to turn

Not sure if the floor will hold

The beams crash behind me

The flames shoot up each wall

Five alarm fire I am afraid

No one cares to respond

 

The flame is extinguished

Usually by me creating distance

The ruins are all I have left.

The embers continue to smolder

I have to work at regaining my composure

I don’t have anything to cling to

 

It must be obvious

I sweep up the remnants

Nothing left to piece back together

At  least the walls have been scrubbed

New rugs have been laid

All prepared for the next time I burn

 

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Kelli J Gavin
Kelli J Gavin of Carver, Minnesota is a Writer, Blogger, and Professional Organizer. Her work can be found with Clarendon House Publishing, The Ugly Writers, Sweatpants & Coffee, Love What Matters, and Southwest Media among others. Kelli’s first two books were released in 2019 (I Regret Nothing and My Name is Zach). She has also co-authored 15 anthology books. Her 3rd and 4th books will be published in 2020 and 2021. Kelli is currently writing a book of fiction short stories. Look for Kelli’s first book of short stories and poems in 2019. You can find her work with The Ugly Writers, Sweatpants & Coffee, Writing In a Woman’s Voice, The Writers Newsletter, Writers Unite!, Academy of the Heart and Mind, The Rye Whiskey Review, Spillwords, Mercurial Stories, 121 Words, HerStry, Ariel Chart, The Basil O’Flaherty, PPP Ezine, Southwest Media, Otherwise Engaged, Pleat her Skin, Paper.Li, The New Ink Review, among others. Find Kelli on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @KelliJGavin

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