Civil Burn

Things incandesce.  Glow with heat, 
break into flame

as a water glass sitting on the edge
of a sunny table will alight 

and you’ll find this small burning thing 

wanting — as prayer, as silence of the answer.  

So the doubleness of things, of words.
What does civil mean now

its cudgled emptiness
breakdown in definition 

enough to incandesce
in brother war

civil disobedience
loses its pact of politeness.

If it’s civil to leave newborns in a drop box

why not drop at her house – 
one, ten, a hundred?

Let the possessed with bionic eyes
remain apart, on a sun-struck table

to burn themselves out.

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