Red jacket of fire

I struck a match; being so tired
Of the old faces of bureaucracy
Grinning, grinning as they drove
Past in a ’33 Ford
With rolled down windows
And not a grain of dignity,
Stepping out in white colored suits,
Rolling the poor who live in cardboard boxes
The color of coffins.
Hatred, hatred, and well, I was tired
No longer being able to keep it in,
I am not subtle,
I am as merciless as a glass case with a
Fist shoved through.

Shards of flame melt and sag a roof,
Bend and cringe a bureaucratic look,
Do not touch;
Eyes like tin, dead fish in a bowl.
Firemen poke at the carbon remains,
Flake up and flutter off in a draft
Down a city sewer;
Mix with ripped bags and gutturals
Of the dying.
Stuffed expressions in wastewater,
Flowing, flowing aimlessly to the sea,
Dyeing the air, particles in a cloud,
Bursts the silver lining.
Do not touch. This is immortality.

Copyright © 12/27/2018 lance sheridan®

Red jacket of fire

53 comments on “Red jacket of fire

  1. You have touched upon how many people feel about those who try to control our lives. Stike a match a poof they are gone, oh if it were so easy. In the blaze they still believe they are untouchable.

  2. beatrice841129783 says:

    Un beau texte puissant

  3. carasmelody says:

    i love the images you create! 🙂 thank you!

  4. Ravisingh says:

    superb! loved it!

  5. Ravisingh says:

    My pleasure,Sir!

  6. Yes! This about sums up the year we have endured. Lovely!

  7. msjadeli says:

    Vivid imagery and content!

  8. You have a beautiful way with words 🙂

  9. abenteuer50 says:

    very well written . I like it 👍
    many greetings mona

  10. Kairos says:

    @lancesheridan – You’ve created a beautiful and powerful blog. I found myself trapped in the fire while reading this poem.

  11. librepaley8 says:

    Fierce as fire, love your imagery.

  12. It’s brilliant. Ironically, we touch immortality when we die.

  13. crazywitch25 says:

    I loved it! The last line really got to me.

  14. I’m keeping this one, Lance. I need to read it a few more times … maybe 50 or more … before I can truly comment. I will say the imagery took my breath away. Although depicting current conditions and the life-draining despair found in some areas, it also seems influenced by Great Depression era work of authors like John Steinbeck. Reading your work keeps me striving to be better.

  15. Lara/Trace says:

    You have a way with words. 🙂

  16. Powerful, as always, Lance. Best wishes on your book!

  17. Arpon Files says:

    “the old faces of bureaucracy”… que no cambia jamás. Saludos. Mis mejores deseos para este año y mucho mejores deseos para tu libro

  18. Jordy says:

    Very powerful and pognant! Your words have impact. Would hope those that need to hear would.

  19. joylennick says:

    Thank you, Lance. Powerful, gutsy writing, so very well expressed. (I, too, quietly seethe….) Cheers.

  20. mylilplace says:

    I am amazed at how well you create these characters and stories so well within your poems. Great job.

  21. Geo says:

    Life, just life. Great poem!

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