– 12 –

Since you’ve been on Match,
the world’s run out of flares.
And the fireworks are downstairs
in the basement with the poetry.
Merton’s there, of course, why
wouldn’t he be, but he’s not available
because he’s a monk,
lover of the invisible,
and doesn’t play with fire,
he takes it seriously
because the kiss of a flame
is a burn.

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