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Fire on the Mountain

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Photo by Amber Yoder

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Please take a moment to check out Art Coelho’s amazing art work at his site

by clicking HERE. The art work is breathtaking.  Art Coelho is multi-

talented.  He is also a master poet and writer of fiction.  You can also read his

bio and see some of his books from Seven Buffaloes Press by clicking the link

above.

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Without The Wild Side of Creation,

The Fire Goes Flat

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For Art Coelho

Mentor, Friend

The Title, His Words

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You taught me how

to poke it, stoke it,

pour whiskey on it,

keep it roaring hot.

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It ain’t pretty, slick

or academic; it learns

lessons from crickets

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coyotes howling

by bedrolls, hoboes,

coal trains in the night.

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Pork and beans

around a ring

sticks ticking

hissing bark–

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nails shooting

popping hot blue

stories after dark.

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A good student,

I will never let

the wild eyed girl

burn out.

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I won’t let the bastards

take the flame;  I won’t

let them piss it down

to embers.

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Pistols in my lines,

thunder in my stomach,

thick brown gravy

on an old tin plate.

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Sparks flying

from my lips,

I tip my hat

to the master,

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then pass the flask

to the next

one in line.

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We’ll go down

flinging fire

through the grate.

Julie Buffaloe-Yoder

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This poem was originally posted at Rusty Truck.   Hop over and take a look

at all the fine poetry over there.  Thanks for reading!

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