Monday, August 22, 2016


Growing bored with her death, Alice James
Found that by twiddling her fingers just so
She could tie candle flames in knots.
Since a knotted flame cannot go out
Her house was left filled
With small but persistent fires.
A German bomb during the Blitz
Set them free to wander.
One, at least, made it to Milwaukee
Where it has been seen hovering
Over the grave of her brother Garth.

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