The burner and the blackout crave you: pilot of heat, purveyor of the innocent candle and cigarette, light we tamed then fed to the night. Cupped, inviolate, a winter moth, a prayer we never sent away, you live in seconds what we name a life, a sudden cleansing. You Prometheus come as toothpick, the false fire
Chad Davidson is the author of From the Fire Hills (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), The Last Predicta (Southern Illinois University Press, 2008), and Consolation Miracle (Southern Illinois University Press, 2003), and the coauthor, with John Poch, of Hockey Haiku: The Essential Collection (St. Martin’s Press, 2006). He teaches at the University of West Georgia and lives in Carrollton, Georgia.