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Jay Carson: Luminary

Just in case you think

I got screwed up only recently,

let me tell you about the fire:

My wife in those days was a candle maker

as well as a crazy maker, like many artists,

just good enough to be impossible.

We were having a big drinks party

to celebrate Christ’s birth

although he wouldn’t be coming or mentioned.

But the wine much advertised

in his bio would be plentiful.

And candles.

Lots of candles to celebrate

my wife’s talent and for atmosphere.

We lit the hell out of the place. And then ourselves.

Drink up was the last thing I heard.

But I woke up in time

to douse out the growing flames

and to sleep in throat-coating carbon

back-to-back in bed, silently

blaming the negligent one.

Did I tell you we had a four-year-old,

a boy so tender he unexpectedly kissed

my hand in the park one day?


Copyright 2018 Jay Carson

2 comments on “Jay Carson: Luminary

  1. universalpantry
    January 2, 2019

    Although I’m a natural non-drinker, this one might haunt me for awhile. Applauding this finely crafted work. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. johnlawsonpoet
    January 1, 2019

    Beautiful work, Jay. The punchline reminds me of something Salinger’s Seymour Glass might have written.

    Liked by 2 people

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