Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature. Over 15,000 daily subscribers. Over 6,000 archived posts.

Peter Schireson: Kindling

It was a long time ago, 

but I still fail to grasp

what can happen

to a child

in a moment, 

still smell 

the tang of alcohol 

on the driver’s breath.

First angry,

slowly numb,

even years later,

I still feel


Many mornings,

I sit hunched over in silence, 

meditating on nothing, 

waiting to combust.

Ed. Note:  If an alcoholic repeatedly goes through alcohol withdrawal, then over time the symptoms he or she experiences will become more severe. This is caused by a chemical process known as kindling which is comparable to a fire that starts with only a small amount of wood, but soon becomes uncontrollable.

Peter Schireson is an ordained Zen Buddhist priest and dharma lineage holder, having trained in both the U.S. and Japan.

Copyright 2020 Peter Schireson

2 comments on “Peter Schireson: Kindling

  1. Patricia A. Nugent
    August 4, 2020

    Thanks for linking to his bio. Amazing guy. Makes me want to know from where that poem sprang. Doesn’t every good poem make us want to do that? And that seems to be the very essence of poetry. Sometimes hard for this prose writer to grasp that a glimpse can be enough….

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Bosselaar Laure-Anne
    August 4, 2020

    How by saying so little one can say so much….

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Enter your email address to follow Vox Populi and receive new posts by email.

Join 15,183 other subscribers

Blog Stats

  • 4,619,628 hits


%d bloggers like this: