Dane Karnick


Beyond the welcome mat
The north living room wall
Is a charred memory

Through its spacious show
Of eviscerated lumber
Still whip-cracking the years

For Las Vegas parents
Who relax on the couch
Next to the blistered wood

Honoring birthdays or
Celebrating school sports
With commemorated smoke

Inhaled around homework
And breathed through seasons
Around chopping potatoes

Since this house embraced fire
Like a young sibling
Snapping at family



Dane Karnick grew up by the Colorado “Rockies” and lives near Seattle.  His poetry has appeared in Poppy Road ReviewEphrastic Review, Bluepepper and is forthcoming in El Portal.  Visit him at www.danekarnick.com.