Juliana Warta


fire flickers faster

than the time it takes

to blow out the mallow

i’ve burned to a crisp

camp close to the coy cove

let the bait bait the fish

smoke the slab on the stove

Dad said it’s best burnt

don’t touch the

pointed petal poison plants

flicker your flash at black bears

they scatter like smoke

fan out the fire before nightfall

Dad once did it for me

his hand burned a black crisp

the rest to ashes

Juliana Warta is a fiction concentrated creative writing major at Purchase College from Long Island, New York. She first started writing in middle school: mostly short stories, poems and scripts from her favorite shows. Her favorite themes are magical realism, horror, and romance.