The blood will burn,
If you light it right.
Conflagrant waters of the heart,
And we will finally learn
The other element,
The opal madness,
Thích Quảng Đức’s way.
When we become white as smoke
You might see it there,
That small curled totem of the soul,
A metamorphic bird
That disappears
Thin as gossamer
Into the resinous sky.

Seth Jani


Seth Jani currently resides in Seattle, WA and is the founder of Seven CirclePress ( His own work has been published widely in such places as Abyss & Apex, The Chiron Review, The Devilfish Review, The Mithila Review, VAYAVYA, Gingerbread House, Gravel and Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry. More about him and his work can be found at

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