Published in


Brow Catches Fire

On seeing myself in the oil lamp

Blue smoke billows
from the corner of my mouth.

Eyes fixed, intent on yellow glare,
Into the reflection of a lamp I stare.

Blown glass and faded weary light
render my face contorted.
Brow catches fire, cheek is concave,
and the imagery is all lost
with the burden of…



Dirty realism, grunge lit, creative confessions, spec fic, and assorted literary atrocities.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Josie ElBiry

3x Top Writer “This Happened to Me”. Creative nonfiction, short fiction and poetry. Thank you for reading.