How to Build a Fire

Get hungry
go around in the bush
pick up sticks
throw them over the rocks
into a pile
remember the smile of the heat
watch out for thorns and splinters
keep going until you've got enough
past the man at the mouth
and watch out
meet everyone else
with their sticks and logs
don't forget the rock
be big and orderly now
start the fire
and get the others
to bring in the corw
shout and jump around
maybe pray to something
scatter the pieces
bones and feathers
and remember what's left


Transcribed as published in Owner's Manual.

How to Build a Fire
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