A catalyst

The flamboyant flame stands before me,
framed by garish smoke rising
to meet an aloof sky. The crackling embers — 
embarrassed to be seen laying down 
on the job — pop out of sight, 
making way for flashier lights.

The bonfire demands to be seen, illuminating
places undiscovered, too dark to survey. 
Is it possible my caustic humor burns 
those who venture too close? Do I dare
take stock of myself now — already gray — 
looking to pop where I lay?

Perhaps, just as winds breathe smoke 
unexpectedly back in our faces, 
I merely shift my perspective. 
There’s magic in turning sticks into wands

Phillip Knight Scott | © 2019

Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday photo prompt: Balefire #writephoto
Photo by Sue Vincent

My name is Phillip. I live in North Carolina with my wife of 11 years and 3-year-old son, and at least for the next year, I’m on the right side of 40. (Both the interstate and existence, in years). I am a Tar Heel born and bred, and watch every Yankees game I can. My goal is to visit all 30 MLB stadiums in the next 10 years. I’ve been to 5 so far! Obviously I enjoy writing, but I also enjoy watching and reading sci-fi. I’m slowly attempting to finish my first novel, a “humorous” sci-fi romp which may be finished one day. I am a Doctor Who obsessive and choose Star Trek over Star Wars.

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