house on fire

she says
yr poems
are beautiful
but so sad
can’t a dragon
come rescue
the person
at the end?
And i want to sit
And tell her about
2,000 nights
when i folded
my broken hands
praying for
great green wings
to flap over
my boyhood roof
and benevolent claws
to tear it off
but all i got
was a house
on fire

Rob Plath is a writer from New York. He is most known for his monster collection A BELLYFUL OF ANARCHY (Epic Rites Press 2009). His newest collection is MY SOUL IS A BROKEN DOWN VALISE (Epic Rites Press 2019). You can see more of his work at Read other articles by Rob.