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Breaking the Fever

by James Blaylock

Breaking the Fever


gravely dim, was your tiny light

and it turned even less than that,


what has happened here, dear one;

as yesterday you were aglow, as fire


but today your dad, dog, and deity have died...

although your 'morrow's full of ghosts, reflecting


are you strong enough to sever fact from fiction,

then burning the midnight oil with understanding



james kenneth blaylock


Posted on 03/12/2011
Copyright © 2022 James Blaylock

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Glenn Currier on 03/26/11 at 11:19 PM

"are you strong enough to sever fact from fiction" - what a question! That is one all of us could stand up to try to answer... if we dare startle ourselves from our sleep or daydream. Thanks, James.

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 03/28/11 at 12:10 PM

...midnight oil of understanding. cool, james.

Posted by Julie Adams on 04/01/11 at 06:29 PM

This is a great piece, deserving of the top rated list. The impact of thoughtful lines like "today your dad, dog, and deity have died" leave me grateful for taking the time. A pleasure. One question about the end I will share privately :) peace to u, poet, jewels xoxox

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