Constellation of the Heart:Baby’s on Fire
by Charlotte Kelly Maguire
Burning through plastic,
Shuffling at speed – this girl doesn’t have a need
Coaxing friends to play,
Adamant the world is safe
– A holiday to stay,
Self mythologizing all the way.
Pretty soon she alters her name,
Cap gun blows.
Smoke surrounds turning
Her on and off.
Seeing his familiar body ahead
Lights zap on and off.
It’s a whisper too late.
The edge of the pool is there
And she goes in by mistake.
A Yellow haze goes out over this quiet lake.
To make her charade.
Down here it is quiet as half,
Romance is easy to find.
In-estimatable jewels found all embedded in skulls
– A lost beauty combo
Too potent to surrender.
Looking up is to see reality
Bending you back in the half light.
Come up and see about
Testing out lungs.
But pretty sirens remain,
You better throw her in the water.
Though she knows a crumbling sea-bank
And this time running,
When she throws herself off the edge,
She hits a body solid and it’s a warm thud.
– It’s a sound more familiar
Than the splash of a bathysphere.