By Kelly Vinal

Walk, fire, unimaginative wretch –
Draw to me the daydream
Scene. Dreaming whilst awake,
Of palm tree trails and fields
Of tangerines. Those muddy
Childhood time travails, when nothing
Else was cared. I took the
Kissing dare, remember –
Doctor Pepper bottle twirling.
It found me, extemporaneous
Romance, fledgling testosterone,
Swirling as a snake in slow-
Mo, black and white. It bit me
In a blast of
Freeze-frame recollection –
Iodine and silver photograph
Materializing through magnesium
Smoke – flash – bang!
And there I was again, scowling
Back at me.

O wretched are
These palm tree trails and
Tangerines, to tease me
From a hum-drum stage today –
This fluorescent, no-view room.
Redrawn and revised,
Romanticized and faded –
Coal walk fire, associative,
No-name by-line sound bite
Memory – milkshake spoon-straws
Prod my history, drawing
Happenstance – teeth and weeds and
Bullfrog races, creek fish,
Cane rods, red streak bobbers –
Daydream monkey –
Nut box hand trap –
Can’t let go from here.

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