Roman Candle in the Night
A Poem by L.M. Browning
A selection from Drive Through the Night. Nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize.
Shame be damned—
own the ruin of yourself
wear failure like a vintage
coat—torn, tattered heart—
you are a worn-out classic
soul of arcane salt and grit.
Outcast, iconoclast, standfast.
Beyond the black and white blah
of social norms we clash and crash
in the candle-lit dusk of conscious
dreams and darkest desires
I return to the wild
dig my heels in,
bare my teeth,
and stand this new ground.
L.M. Browning (they/them) is a bestselling poet whose hybrid of introspective travel writing and visual art focuses on the alchemizing of trauma through active awe-seeking and a re-wilding of one’s life and self. Les and their coydog, Kiva, divide their time between New Mexico and Wayfarer Farm in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.
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