Dying Fires


At first it was the burning 

Flesh singed by inflamed flesh

set afire by your cool touch

turning me into molten lava 

in which you drowned

Then, flames subsided

the eruption leaving me 

a simmering shell 

The fires died down 

your now familiar hands — 

less ardent — took longer 

to ignite a spark

And now I lie dormant 

trying to find warmth

in lukewarm embers 

of fading memories

© 2017 Uma Venkatraman ~ All Rights Reserved

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