[Skip Navigation]

Plagiarist Poetry Sites: Plagiarist.com | Poetry X | Poetry Discussion Forums | Open Poetry Project | Joycean.org
Enter our Poetry Contest
Win Cash and Publication!

Plagiarist.com Archive

More poems by Vernon ScannellVernon Scannell | Print this page.Print | View and Write CommentsComments | Books by Vernon ScannellBooks by Vernon Scannell

Incendiary

Vernon Scannell

That one small boy with a face like pallid cheese 
And burnt-out little eyes could make a blaze 
As brazen, fierce and huge, as red and gold 
And zany yellow as the one that spoiled 
Three thousand guineas' worth of property 
And crops at Godwin's Farm on Saturday 
Is frightening---as fact and metaphor: 
An ordinary match intended for 
The lighting of a pipe or kitchen fire 
Misused may set a whole menagerie 
Of flame-fanged tigers roaring hungrily. 
And frightening, too, that one small boy should set 
The sky on fire and choke the stars to heat 
Such skinny limbs and such a little heart 
Which would have been content with one warm kiss 
Had there been anyone to offer this.


Submitted by Andrew Mayers

Added: 29 Jun 2002 | Last Read: 16 Jul 2018 8:42 AM | Viewed: 8818 times

A PoetryNotes™ Analysis of Incendiary by Vernon Scannell, is Available!

A PoetryNotes™ eBook is available for this poem for delivery within 24 hours, and usually available within minutes during normal business hours.

ON SALE - only $29.95 19.95!

For more information...


URL: http://plagiarist.com/poetry/5072/ | Viewed on 16 July 2018.
Copyright ©2018 Plagiarist - All rights reserved.