The white flame
was a literary device
in a book
whose dance
drew Lori into
the blank spaces
between black words
on cream colored pages.

She felt tied up
by the somatic gestures
of the sorceress
who conjured
the smokeless flame
and healed
the peasantry
who were about to expire.

The final gesture
freed her
from the page
only to have sleep
and dream
return her
to the wretched scene
of the burnt village
and the moans
of the wounded.

copyright © 2023 Kenneth P. Gurney

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