Burning Up, by Neil de la Flor

after Ladytron

1.   I wrote a protest song against getting burned.

2.   He found it and set me on fire with his cigarette butt. It’s

      been a rough week on the 7 1/2 seas.

3.   Aren’t all the seas part of the same sea?

4.   Why do we have to divide the oceans into 7 Cs?

5.   I’m gonna write a protest song against people who wear

      boxes on their head.

6.   Sometimes I just write things down because I can.

7.   Seven.

8.   Ate.

9.   You thought I was gonna write spaghetti.

10.  Last night I fell in the space between him and the dresser

      found a bubbly angel to dance with.

11.   I fell like Icarus from the sky except I was in Snoopy’s bed

       with his gigantic gay ears wrapped around me.

12.   I protest this song about protest.

13.   If I had a soul, it would be Joan of Arc as Helen Mirren.

14.   If I were an arc, I would curve toward the burning seas.

Neil de la Flor is a Miami-based writer, teacher, and photographer. His publications include An Elephant’s Memory of Blizzards (forthcoming Marsh Hawk Press, 2013); Sinead O’Connor and her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds (Firewheel Editions, 2011),co-authored with Maureen Seaton and winner of the Sentence Book Award; Almost Dorothy (Marsh Hawk Press, 2010), winner of the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize; Facial Geometry (NeoPepper Press, 2006), co-authored with Maureen Seaton and Kristine Snodgrass; and Two Thieves and a Liar (forthcoming, Jackleg Press, 2013), also co-authored with Maureen Seaton and Kristine Snodgrass. He is also the performance arts journalist for KnightArts, an organizational blog maintained by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and contributes to Miami-based arts bureau, Art Burst Miami. Neil is not a magician but he can be reached at www.neildelaflor.com.

Check out The (          ) of Purity, also by Neil de la Flor (Issue 5)

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