Fire Knows

by Jesse Rodrigues

Fire knows the wood’s secrets
as they hold their heated deliberations

Fire knows how to warm
chilled hands, chilled feet, chilled faces

Fire knows how to dance and sway
to the sounds of the night

Fire knows how to belch and cackle
exactly when you don’t want it to

Last, but not least, fire knows how to die with a flourish

A flame, a spark, a winking coal
then cold, hard, black, silence