on fire

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By Mike O’Connell
parachutes from the sun
carry fire to the heart
landing softly on the face
in the form of smiles
engineering self confidence
calming inherent anxiety
removing doubt guarding
against indifference
growling at any interloper
threatening the pack
sleeping soundly
free of the old nightmares
but keenly aware
that they were there
and left the dark footprints
in the dust of memories
reaching for the sun again
immune to the fire
and happy in the light

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