Car Fire, a poem written by James Gabriel at

Car Fire

Car Fire

written by: James Gabriel



the clouds are thin
a lace cloth stretched over a
blue table
he pulls out what he can

brushing off the soot
chipping at the char covering
everything inside the car
from the fire

moving quickly
piling all that is salvageable
into a small stack
in the weeds

dirty skin and a tattoo of the
virgin mary
across his back
the tow truck pulls up to take the

he crouches down
near the driver side door
and lights a cigarette

looking over his shoulder at what
is left of his possessions
waving his hand at the driver as
the car is towed to the yard

he stands in the middle of a halo
black and white rimmed
stubbing his cigarette out in the
asphalt sun

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