Life on Fire

A burning log
crumbling and
flayed like a
unfurling its ribs.
It shrieks in pain,
hissing and cracking;
we are one and the same.

Something had to die to
keep us warm.
Something is dying still:
my kindling heart
flaking and grey,
my stomach a
There is a worry
there, palming
a pack of

I am at its edge,
watching as my embers
reminded of
a life on fire.
Nothing burns forever.
I am collecting smoke
and you will
smell it in my hair

G. Mitchell Layton is a writer and touring musician living in Los Angeles. His works have been published in Pif Magazine, HM Magazine, Catholic Digest, Surviving the Golden Age, Glassworks, and others. In his spare time, Mitchell likes painting, watching Twin Peaks, and fending off bouts of existential crises.

This entry was posted in Poetry and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Life on Fire

  1. Julia says:

    This poem struck a chord. Engulfing…

  2. Love this. “Nothing burns forever” is such a deep and haunting line.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.