When It Was Like a Tree On Fire

Sometimes it just happened.
My chest was a sprung cage,
open,
lit up like a fucking tree on fire.
There’s nowhere for that kind of thing to go,
there never is,
not really,
but it's glorious
and everyone can see it when it happens,
and they can feel it, too,
like they all get to be a bit on fire with you
while you smile and smile.
That’s what it was like then.

At least that's some of what it was like.
It’s hard to watch it now from a distance
with a chest closed shut,
a cardboard box with too much tape
and only a dull knife.
It’s hard on a brain to see something old happen,
feverish and bright, 
and not catch the embers
through the glass.

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

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Blackout Poem #6

The following blackout poem was created using a randomly chosen page out of Stephen King's Joyland. In this case, I used page 275.

The night had a crazy tattoo.
I knew before you did.

I could hear the rifle-crack
in the dark
for a long time,

repeated.

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

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Blackout Poem #5

The following blackout poem was created using a randomly chosen page out of Stephen King's Joyland. In this case, I used page 167.

I feel I'm reeling.

I thought I wasted nothing,
but the wind
will not
let go.

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

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Blackout Poem #4

The following blackout poem was created using a randomly chosen page out of Stephen King's Joyland. In this case, I used page 217.

The wind moaned
the troubling thought:

You can,
because the world's
moved the standard.
Don't even stop.

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

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Blackout Poem #3

The following blackout poem was created using a randomly chosen page out of Stephen King's Joyland. In this case, I used page 181.

He withdrew from her.
Her voice pitched questions
already answered.
She was hunting after trouble.

Around she went,
wild,
giving up.

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

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