I need to start again

Turn over

Like the choked ignition

Of a stalled sapphire beauty.

~

Cigarette burnholes in snakeskin

Wobbly window cranks

Miracles in frigid morning air.

Forehead rests rigid

~

A prayer reflects off

The dingy dashboard

“Come on, baby.

Come on.”

~

Like an amen wound across

The odometer dial.

The check engine light yellow.

The maintenance light orange.

~

Miles yet from garage and

Balding tires on black ice.

I am not broken down.

I am not done.

~

Exhausted.

Plume of white smoke

An angel’s voice in

Fiery red blackberry brambles

~

Shift swept from neutral

To drive and

Off we go

Lazarus and I

~

Exodus

Screaming down a deserted expressway

A firebird alive, unleashed, unbeaten.

The voice you heard was

~

Not the death rattle was

Not the last call was

But the first wail

Primal

~

Expulsed amniotic

Propelled like a newborn comet

Left traces of cosmic frost

And lightening stuff

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