As the fire spreads,
the only thing that is left on the pages
are scorched words.
I can picture Stalin sipping wine
to soothe his throat
while Osip Mandelstam scrawled poems
on the prison walls.
Let’s chat about
once the pyre ends.
Just look at how these embers are
over the city
Simon Anton Nino Diego Baena is the author of the chapbook, The Magnum Opus Persists in the Evening (Jacar Press) and The Lingering Wound (2River View). My poems have appeared in Gargoyle, Poetry Daily, The Bitter Oleander, Osiris, Louisiana Literature, Cider Press Review, The Adirondack Review, and elsewhere.