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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!

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

Fire

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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