Theresa Muñoz: Fire, somewhere

Theresa Muñoz

Fire, somewhere

smoke

rises

in the south

 

thick plumes

float

 

casually, diagonally

 

above

buildings

of white brick

 

eyes trace

the dark

smoke curls

 

to where they trail off

 

but not

where they begin

 

trying to

pinpoint

the blaze

 

as sirens

race up the hill  

 

 

Platform

 

the tiniest

of sense

 

determines direction

 

ears follow

the long rushing whistle

 

rising beyond            

concrete pillars

 

the metallic roof

its outer layer

 

looking down

the tunnel’s mouth

 

gripping

suitcase handle

 

heart swells

 

as a dot of light

appears

 

glides closer

 

Power  cut

 

no glow

from the oven clock

 

no clicks

from the coffee machine

 

fingertips graze

the table top

 

feet don’t trust

the linoleum

 

to the window

 

where

inside blends

 

with

outside dark

 

buildings

melt into trees

into grass

 

no one left

in a world

 

gone out

 

Berlin

  

under spotlights

we lift round cups

with thick handles

 

a thin shimmer

on the coffee’s surface

 

 

            *

 

a giant tin soldier

lights up

the Ku’damm

 

white beams

form

his winking buttons

 

            *

 

inside the Sony Centre,

a glass dome

 

we are two figures

in a snow globe

 

marvelling

at the honey-comb roof

 

*

 

bright against

the white sky

 

the East Side gallery

 

murals stretch

along the icy ground

 

behind us

flows

the River Spree

 

in the pub’s

corner

 

a tabby sleeps

on top of the radiator

 

when my camera

clicks and flashes

 

two gray eyes

open

 

            *

 

back at the hotel

closing the drapes

 

though

it’s winter

the day’s been bright

 

even

the steady orange lamps

lighting the street

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Theresa Muñoz was born in Vancouver, Canada and now lives in Edinburgh. Her work has appeared in both Canada and the United Kingdom, including in Canadian Literature, New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Stand magazine. She is a regular contributor to the Herald’s book pages and the Scottish Review of Books. She is currently writing a doctoral thesis on the work of Tom Leonard at Glasgow University. Her pamphlet Close is forthcoming from HappenStance Press in 2012.

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