Death Ghost-writes Fire

How death ghost-writes the memoir
for the fire bothers me;
I desire to edit it, and that I cannot fill
it with periods inlays my intestine with pain.

Leave my mother’s name out of it.
I whisper hoping, my voice will
set a herd of butterflies on peregrination.

Springtime toddles towards a slide.
A few sparrows are born near
one half devoured sandwich on the grass.
I wipe what death has written
on my eyes. Leave. I say
staring at the dark foliage.

Kushal Poddar edited the online magazine ‘Words Surfacing. Authored ‘The Circus Came To My Island' (Spare Change Press, Ohio), “A Place For Your Ghost Animals” (Ripple Effect Publishing, Colorado Springs), “Understanding The Neighborhood” (BRP, Australia), “Scratches Within” (Barbara Maat, Florida), “Kleptomaniac's Book of Unoriginal Poems” (BRP, Australia) and “Eternity Restoration Project- Selected and New Poems” (Hawakal Publishers, India). He can be reached at Facebook at: https://www.facebook.comKushalTheWriter/ and Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kushalpoe Read other articles by Kushal.