colours last up to 30 minutes
—Funky Coloured Flames Packaging
The hot medium of flames smacks
upward, whacks sheer eyes
with a stencil of blue and green.
As plodding, tinny wrappers ooze
and melt under charring log,
ghostly pigment trills
on repeat, bursts
while the ants and worms of earth
munch a pine’s plastic shade—
blue and green diddle
the soup-can mind into dribbling
at the ding of a car bell.
Antonia Facciponte is a poet based in Toronto. She is a SSHRC-funded graduate student in the English Department at the University of Toronto. Her first poetry book, To Make a Bridge, is forthcoming in Spring 2021 with Black Moss Press.