spontaneous human combustion variations

don’t try to tell me
this happens to every guy
(surprise, i’m on fire)

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i hope you don’t mind
that i’ve bursted into flame.
is bursted a word?

* * *

doused in gasoline
under magnifying glass
living on the edge

* * *

cast off your shadow
shake off anonymity
spectacle of light

* * *

“gotcha,” i declare.
“here’s the last thing you’d expect”
but the joke’s on me.

* * *

death is permanent
from the ashes, only ash
phoenix doesn’t rise

* * *

crispy burning flesh
boiling blood, burnt cartilage
i’m what’s for dinner

* * *

sorry, everyone.
didn’t mean to spoil the mood.
momentary lapse.

* * *

i am flammable.
well, at least, i used to be.
now i’m just burnt out.