Old Flames

I almost burned the house down today.

I thought this and chuckled.

I laughed, and twirled down the sidewalk.

I can’t believe I almost burned the house down today.

I snagged a yellow flower from a fence.

I looked up and saw a park, it looks so different..

I recognized it from the night I pushed you down

Right there, in a patch of grass–

Black grass, night park grass–

On another twirly night down the same sidewalk

And kissed you.

I almost burned the house down today.

I thought this but

I wasn’t grinning now, I was sad.

I’m sorry I pushed you

And kissed you

And made you think I was the kind of person

Who wouldn’t burn your heart down.

But at least it wasn’t my house?

I grinned again

Because the yellow flower said

I wasn’t a monster.

And the sidewalk kept moving,

And my feet kept walking,

And so we both kept paving….

And moved on.

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