Lust for Burning (a poem)

And there is another thing he has in mind
I hope you don’t mind, but he’s planning
His self-destruction – selling tickets
For 99 cents to watch on TV

Can you see me? I burst into flames
Swallowed by inferno of passions
My lust for death is too much
And it’ll catch up to me

The world is not ending, no,
But my world is ending, yes
I’m burning – don’t douse me with water
Or throw me in the icy lake

This is the ending I’ve wanted
And yearned for on boring days
When the dread filled me up
Like lead and made me sink
In such terrible ways

Author’s Note: The first line of this poem is taken from John Berryman’s “Dream Song 29.”

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