Peter Sacks


Above the Fire


Above the fire a man floats in a boat.

Above the fire a woman is devoured by a snake,
unseen.

The leaves are yellow alongside & in the wake

the trunks & branches
mirror one another, black, rain-soaked.

And now he's old. He trails a hand until it snares
a leaf--saw-toothed.

Clouds break above the buildings
where there had been none.

The snake is old, its jaw completely
unhinged for the swallowing.

What now?

There was a continent.

Below, the last gods bum along with their last
offerings--

no smoke, no film, no evidence.

The gold-shagged blizzard of the willow

spills again.

Climb down. Prevent.

He leans back & the oar drips like no other memory.

Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: snake, mirror, fire, memory, woman, rain, women

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Above the Fire by Peter Sacks )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  4. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  5. Your Laughter, Pablo Neruda
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  10. Daffodils, William Wordsworth

Poem of the Day

poet Alfred Edward Housman

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. the apple of my I, Prophmatt . . .
  2. And Then There Was Love, Sandra Feldman
  3. Sigh, Erwick Brandon
  4. Marwari Businessman Father-in-law Want I.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  5. Happiness is not preventive., Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  6. Fatal Attraction, Sandra Feldman
  7. Be a finger of the hand., Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  8. My Typical Village, Bijay Kant Dubey
  9. I shall love self, hasmukh amathalal
  10. Keep the thought free., Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
[Hata Bildir]