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James Burkhart is twenty-six, and currently serving in Afghanistan.

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A Faraway Fire

James Burkhart

How do you put the brakes
on a dilapidated smile?

a spark to the sea and
the flames are unyielding

fill your favorite cup up
with water and hysterics
reveal their intimacy with
the impossible

scintillating rising roof
lines speaking of
the sky

a challenge to the trenches
goes answered

propping it up comes with
my favorite pair of fingerprints

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