How long a wait for the
filament to bite it, the
tick: the moment to
believe it will be painless:
the smell of burning cloth from far away,
a trail of ash from an invisible wick.
hanging in the air
Like a buttery salve,
gently pooling in the nostrils of the
The bulb is dull and black.
To be alive is to be in flames-
Is that true?
A visceral if irrational reality.
Feel it like a bulb in the wrong socket.
Heat that’s light restricted.
It can’t tell you how it feels to burn.