Fire. A meditation upon the fire eaters at Kandy in Sri Lanka by David Cooke

Fire. A meditation upon the fire eaters at Kandy in Sri Lanka by David Cooke

Fire. A meditation upon the  fire eaters at Kandy in Sri Lanka by David Cooke. Enjoy your day Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you!


Fire breathing “Jaipur Maharaja Brass Band” Chassepierre Belgium. Photo attribution Luc Viatour /


Like neophytes awaiting the scheduled

mysteries we bring much travelled voices,

our babble of sterling, dollars, yens –


and if from the start we’re almost certain

that the magic is merely sleights,

the ancient play of hoaxers,


still we can’t help being drawn

as children are to flames. The rite begins.

The drums are a slow narcosis,


as one adept steps forth

to groom his lucent skin, lingeringly,

in a self-obsessed toilette. Others ingest


forbidden fruit, exhale their fiery word,

or step unscathed through a burning stream

which, when the show is over,


a shadow douses with his bucket,

releasing clouds of damp smoke

and a pungent, cynical hiss.

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David Cooke is a UK poet who won a Gregory Award in 1977 and published his first collection, Brueghel’s Dancers in 1984. His retrospective collection, In the Distance, was published in 2011 by Night Publishing and a collection of more recent pieces, Work Horses, was published published in 2012 by Ward Wood Publishing. His poems, translations and reviews have appeared in journals around the world.

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