Fire Eater

A body held together
by duct tape
a wooden heart
half eaten
by termites

emotions
drawn and pulled
like rotten teeth
an iron lung
inhaling deeply
with blood in the heart
reminiscent of a
happy phenomena

and love
I have tasted you
fed on you
broke myself on you

and now I have nothing
to show for it
but this burnt tongue

– A. Ramirez

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