fire, fire, fire

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Watched fire licking yellow siding, sending acrid smoke curling.

Studied fire personal stretching hoses, heard the rasp of axe pulling old wood and cheap siding.

Peeling skin of the house back, examining the freshness, looking for seeds.

Like a mother at grocery store weighing and smelling melons.

None of  honey-sweet smell that attracts fruit flies here.

Only neighbours, TV crews, first responders.

Drawn by innate fascination with fire.

All stood transfixed by the beauty of flames.

Funny how easy it is to create an audience for my performances.

But then, I am awfully good at what I do. {98}

Written for Friday Fictioneers, 14 April 2015

@ Phylor 2015


25 thoughts on “fire, fire, fire

  1. joseph elon lillie April 18, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    “Peeling skin of the house back, examining the freshness, looking for seeds. ” Now there is a fiery line of poetry! He’s a very talented arsonist.


        • phylor April 22, 2015 / 8:28 am

          Writing, in my case, contains a piece of me embedded in it. So, when I find myself with someone else’s voice — one I’ve never really considered as part of mine — it does feel especially odd.,

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    • phylor April 16, 2015 / 1:58 pm

      I thought I’d make the arsonist seem professional!
      Thanks for the compliment!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. gahlearner April 16, 2015 / 9:39 am

    The esthetics of arson, how unique. Great story.


    • phylor April 16, 2015 / 12:31 pm

      It was a strange experience but the voice of that arsonist wanted to come out!

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  3. dmmacilroy April 16, 2015 / 7:09 am

    On a purely mechanical note: It’s personnel, not personal. Nothing personal.

    From a reader’s POV I thought this was a perfect story about some people’s gods.




    • phylor April 16, 2015 / 8:08 am

      Thanks for the info! Not taken personally, lol. There are certain words that I do have trouble with, and that’s one of them!
      It is scary sometimes what people choose to worship (and I don’t mean in the spiritual sense).


  4. rochellewisoff April 16, 2015 / 7:08 am

    Dear Phylor,

    An arsonist with a flare for the dramatic. Nicely done.




    • phylor April 16, 2015 / 8:20 am

      Thank you.
      I must watch too many CSI-type shows that arson and an arsonist are the first things that came to mind.


  5. Sandra April 16, 2015 / 3:13 am

    Inside the head of a pyromaniac – weird place. Nicely captured.


    • phylor April 16, 2015 / 8:21 am

      It is a strange place. Not sure why the prompt led me that way.


  6. micklively April 16, 2015 / 2:30 am

    Pyromania is a weird condition.
    Good piece.


    • phylor April 16, 2015 / 8:22 am

      Yes, from what I know, it is a very odd condition. I’m not sure what type of mental health problems would send someone down that route.


    • phylor April 16, 2015 / 8:22 am

      True! And they always manage to find one!


  7. ansumani April 15, 2015 / 1:58 pm

    This picture …has brought all the arsonists out of the woodwork :)


    • phylor April 16, 2015 / 8:23 am

      Thanks, it seemed like something an arsonist might say.

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