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Patrick Theron Erickson

EriksonPatrick Theron Erickson, a resident of Garland, Texas, a Tree City, just south of Duck Creek, is a retired parish pastor put out to pasture himself. His work has appeared in Grey Sparrow Journal, Tipton Poetry Journal, and The Main Street Rag, among other publications, and more recently in Sheila-Na-Gig online, Torrid Literature Journal, South Florida Poetry Journal, and Arlington Literary Journal.


Carry me through
the inferno

but wrap me
in asbestos

pausing upon the fiery threshold
long enough that I might be divested
of that part of me that burns

And should I self-combust
by all means fan the flame

Muzzle the fire extinguisher
disarm the smoke alarm

and bring forth my puny illumination
as light would have it

a reflected light
at best

and magnify it
by that grateful lens
by which I seem to see myself
go up in flames
if I deign to look

or else I burn
I burn.


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