"Full Ablaze" is the final poem I recorded from my book Burnt Offerings prior to its release in January 2012. It was later selected by the Kitsap Peninsula area's Ars Poetica to be interpreted with art—a pencil drawing of a woman with a fiery hemmed skirt!
She had chosen invisibility in this second life
burnt down from shining so brightly
in her first.
It seemed a wise and necessary choice
placing herself inside the bushel basket
But after some time she felt the ache
her cramped legs and pretzled arms
the stale air, the dull dark.
And so she pushed against the barrel
bruising her shoulders until finally
it toppled, leaving her out there
It would take her a long time
years, perhaps, to remember how
to unfold herself, how to walk
through the streets and into a room
sparks flying from her hem
lighting those in her path until
all of them were awake