the flames behind my eyes
the girl i babysit tells me the
squiggles and loops behind my eyelids
are cotton candy dragons.
if you close your eyes real tight, the higher the
dragon will fly.
my father tells me they are phosphenes.
moving visual sensations of stars and patterns,
scientific garble with splashes of wonder.
he has a solid and touchable answer,
'It is from Greek,'
'Phos' = light.
'Phainein' = show.
i ask the girl how she knows
the shaky lines and questionable shapes are
she takes a deep breath, her tiny nose flares and
from her pink lips a roar detonates.
'what else could it be?'
Amber has had her worked published in Furrow and was selected one of UW-Milwaukee's Best Young Writers. She has received her BA in Creative Writing from UW-Milwaukee and her MA in English at Oxford Brookes University.