An Exorcism in Three Parts: 1

An Exorcism

I.

This evening I burned a page from my journal
because your name was on it. With a knife, I
tried to be gentle in cutting you out and

since I’m no smoker, I laid it over the stove’s eye,fire
steaming red with heat, and watched the
curves of your word curl into each other, only to

disappear.  Now, when the villagers come with angry
voices, pitchforks and torches, they will have
only me to burn because I have beat them to you.

When I am arrested and put on trial for our crime,
when I refuse to know you, know me and know I
hide and tremble and burn your name,

not because I don’t care or have forgotten
what it was like to breathe you in, but
because the villagers—with their fire—

will burn us both if they can.

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