out of the blue a sudden squall
out of which blue?
out of ocean blue
which ocean was this?
it wasn’t an ocean it was an inland lake
what then made it ocean blue?
the creatures welling up in it I didn’t know what they were
and were those creatures blue?
they were fire they were the blue of fire
and what is the blue of fire?
the blue of fire is the part of fire we don’t see
if not by sight how do you know it?
you know it as the hot squall that blinds you to yourself
Susan Gillis’s most recent book is Yellow Crane (Brick Books, 2018), a meditation on ecologies of place, writing, and desire. A member of the collaborative group Yoko’s Dogs, Susan also works as an editor and mentor.