Eternal Heat

a sonnet by Dan Standing

The sweat now drips down my back in small streams,
Warm steam gently wrapped around both my legs,
Happier in this sauna than in dreams,
I loath returning to the world’s sad dregs.

I pour water upon the muted fire,
And here arrives a djinn of smoke and flame,
States, “I offer you, lady, a desire.”
Now my thoughts run wild, so who is to blame?

“I wish to stay here in repose most still,
Without the risk that they’ll have me removed.
Warm steam always around me – that’s my will!”
Smiles djinn, “Such a request will be behooved.”

Over coals now stands my hardened form,
A fountain, breasts dripping water so warm.