The Fire
by David Michael Jackson

The fire is not out 
It burns like fire, like pain, like, you know, pain 
Water waiter, water for my fire, water, sweet clear cool water 
Words won't do. Words or work won't do 
The sword sinks deep, yes, deeply into the underbelly, into the abyss 
And the words find no favor 
eat the peach, man, eat the peach, yes, dare, next time, next time, next time 
Is there time left? 
time between growing up and growing old 
time between the river and the sea 
Eat the peach, man
eat the peach
It is good 
it is sweet


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