Francie Lynch


Naked On Fire - Poem by Francie Lynch

The pain wasn't evident
When you queued;
Nor discernible
When you opened a hand
No one reached for.
Your frayed coat needed attention,
Your legs bowed in the wrong direction
As you moved, frog-like.
I never recognized the shame
Behind ribbons you wore;
An imperceptible guilt
For lack of control.
But your eyes,
Downcast or averted,
Tried hiding the despondency
I once witnessed
In a naked girl,
Running,
On fire.

Topic(s) of this poem: homeless, poverty


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015



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