In Pennsylvania
puddles that bubble up
from springs
are fire traps
if you believe
the anti-fracking literature.

If I was twelve
years old again
I would toss
lit matches
and systematically
into each puddle
to learn which ones
went Whoosh!

And then document
with GPS
their locations
by smart phone
through triangulation
of cell towers.

Needless to say
any puddle
in a woodland
would deserve
to determine
if a burst of flame
might ignite
the woods as a whole
with me
too close for

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney

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