Caution

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
deliberately
and systematically
into each puddle
to learn which ones
went Whoosh!

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

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

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney

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