Phaedo Incarnate

by Robert Cole

I have built kingdoms.
And I have torn these kingdoms apart.
Brim to shining brim. An orchestra of fire.

And out of the carbon, the alleged phoenix grows.
So the vital story goes. A life is forged
from the thing that destroys you.

The lava also refreshes what is devoured.
The pyroclastic flow returns the soil to its lipid origin:
Amino acids and sheer self-esteem. Action potentials.

An erotic graveyard teeming with faith.

Robert Cole is a twenty-three-year-old writer living in Norman, Oklahoma. He is not currently enrolled in college, and his work has not been featured in many renowned publications. He is, however, an acceptable individual.

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