Hot water cools (eventually)

A burn the shape of a swift bird in flight
fades slowly from my hand
reminds me my sleepless week


I wrote this as an exercise for an amazing online Iowa course I’m currently doing. When I’m stressed and exhausted I do clumsy things and injure myself. It’s well documented. But it’s always reassuring to find that tiredness can be remedied; flared tempers (of others) can be calmed; injuries heal and I find something to laugh (or write) about every day.


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