Change of State by David Seth Smith


an apprentice’s vision
bound to the pages
fumbling though
folding corners
for later reference
an anti-intellectual exercise
but for almost everyone else
the ovens are firing too hot
for even a glimpse
crack the door
and it sears the eye
through the jaw
into the throat
fusing words
into silence
will you take a
cooling lie
so the truth
can be later eaten
as it changes state
back to
cold fact
and reality shows
the ashes of
a great burning
settling in the bottom
of the pot
with the bones


© 2016 David Seth Smith

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