without money

you become a burning
fuse, a wire of hot

sparks sputtering closer
and closer to the heart.

at night, blinking in the
dark, you dance: frantic.

Paul Lojeski's poetry has appeared in journals and online. He’s also the author of the satiric novel, The Reverend Jimmy Pup. He lives with his wife and daughter in Port Jefferson, NY. Read other articles by Paul.