By Michelle Garren Flye
Burning from the inside out
Is better than exploding in public
Keep it inside, don’t be loud
No one cares what’s in your heart
So you can get away with that
Live a subtle life
Don’t speak what’s not asked.
Spit out the ash and fire and lava
That’s built up all your life
Because who cares?
Once it’s out it won’t matter
Lava leaves only ash in its wake
Ash chokes those who dare breathe it
And Fire destroys all in its path.
So burn anyway you want—
Kick it out to your neighbors (aha!)
With their green lawns peppered by red signs
Smash it into the bumpers branded enemy…
Or breathe it deliciously
Over those too slow to resist
Caress it onto those who forget to run