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To Fuel the Sun - By Mara Lemanis


To Fuel the Sun

The rains came
faster than
our thoughts
clouds swarmed
yoked tight
as dense armies
weaponized with water
blotting out
the chroma
of the sky
slinging missiles
giving back
to us what
we gave up

Days weeks months
their volleys beat
the ground concave
made basins
in our homes
to sag and sink
our flesh as
we turned fish
lungs to gills
limbs to fins
deaf to words
that wake the flesh

At once the
sun slashed through
a furious blaze
boiling seas down
fields of lava
scalding brine
from scales
frying barnacles
as crepe played
on our skin
we lived like reptiles
sporting shells
tongues scouring
liquid rock
into glass

Faster than thought
scales moulted
mineral scraps
peeled off
to avalanche
a ravenous porridge
we rode the slag
before we bolted
steaming off as gas
stealing into vapor
to clump together
dense and liquid
beating down
a watery grave
burying the world
whose life
a billion trillion times
we plundered
paying ransom
to fuel the sun


Mara Lemanis

Biography: Mara Lemanis is a literary scholar. Her essays have been selected for 20th CENTURY LITERARY CRITICISM and are included in undergraduate student textbooks in the U.S.

She has worked as an archivist for Historical Preservation and with the IRC, assisting refugees in Oakland, California. 

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