Fables of Love on Fire

   In another season, another world—
that lost moment, we ran into nights
   of shudder and crucible, autumn

   and oceans—our love
barely risen out of its roots.
   We stepped breathlessly

   into a century of summers.
We watched eternal changes
   of the magic aster flower

   and the magic aspen tree
in the temple of dawns, open on all sides
   to white spangled light—

   Just before black asteroids
crowded our sun. The temple columns
   cracked under ice, and thorny vines

   choked the roads.
As the trees crawled out
   to drown themselves in the tide,

   we began our dying
in the black burning plains,
   our few seconds of love gone

into a child’s book of fable

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Alexander Etheridge has been developing his poems and translations since 1998.  His poems have been featured in The Potomac Review, Scissors and Spackle, Ink Sac, Cerasus Journal, The Cafe Review, The Madrigal, Abridged Magazine, Susurrus Magazine, The Journal, Roi Faineant Press, and many others.  He was the winner of the Struck Match Poetry Prize in 1999, and a finalist for the Kingdoms in the Wild Poetry Prize in 2022.  He is the author of, God Said Fire, and the forthcoming, Snowfire and Home.
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