Feed each atom of iron
with three of oxygen
and iron catches fire.

Its red flames give
no heat we can feel.
Fifty years, perhaps,

might boil a kettle
but only if the water
patiently preserved

every calorie of heat –
which just isn’t possible.
Cold fire consumes

iron like wood thrust
into a furnace. Wood dies
quickly.  Iron slowly.

Perhaps they both scream.
we don’t hear that well.

John Terry

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