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Seeping from inside him
Pertruding from his sides
Ollies spasms go unheeded
No one hears his cries
Tissue dressed with oil
An inferno clothed in skin
Now the flames begin to burn
Encroachment from within
Olly argues good or bad, this incarnate cremation?
Utopia or is it hell?
Senseless or sensation?

Confusions use illusion
Ollies heads ablaze
Mind games, migraines, drive insane
Burn my brain he prays
Up in smoke his flesh erupts
Skin and body melt
The lights inside his eyes grow dim
Inside the flame flicks out
Ollies screams still echo out his sick burning desire
No one wants reminded of the day Ollie went on fire.

I may be stupid but at least I'm not handsome.

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The following comments are for "Spontaneous Combustion"
by Emlyn

Burning Ollie
Excellent use of rhythm. I have one teensy suggestion -- I think the last line might read more smoothly if "the day Ollie went on fire" were changed to "that day Ollie went on fire" -- entirely a stylistic preference, and I really like this poem, all the same. Very funny in a morbid sort of way -- reminds me of all sorts of classic American writers.

( Posted by: hazelfaern [Member] On: January 31, 2004 )

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