Paul Ilechko – 2 poems

The Burning Man


The burning man sat still and calm.

Soaked in gasoline and enflamed,

he nevertheless remained calm.

He blazed like a flaming torch, but

within the inferno he was composed

as he watched the fire devour his body.


The beekeeper watched the man burn.

Understanding nothing, he watched the

flames lick the man’s flesh from the

startling whiteness of bone. Once the

burning was over, he donned his mask

and went outside to care for the bees.




Song of the First Bird


The first bird chirps. He sings, in solo voice

his own particular theme, his early morning 

song, sung once or more, repeating in its 

small and tuneful way his message to the world.


And then that mighty avian choir picks up and 

decorates his theme with rising gusto, repeats

and amplifies his anthem to the sun. I often

hear that causal bird, the first to call on some


bright morning, though other days I fail to recognize

the song for what it is, perhaps too sleepy,

or elsewise distracted. I should make time — it’s 

worth the strain to hear that scant and tenuous


song. To hear the pure thematic beauty,

simply stated by a solo voice, before that too

emphatic choir picks up the melody and takes 

its turn, pouring out from every tiny fluttering

breast the daily serenade, that blithesome sound. 




Paul Ilechko was born in England but has lived much of his life in the USA. He currently lives in Lambertville, NJ with his girlfriend and a cat. Paul has had poetry published recently by Dash Literary Journal, Gravel Magazine, Gloom Cupboard, MockingHeart Review and Slag Review, among others.  

By Heavenly Flower Publishing

Bindweed Magazine publishes two anthologies each year: Midsummer Madness and Winter Wonderland. Bindweed is run as a not for profit, labour of love endeavour by an author/poet couple: Leilanie Stewart and Joseph Robert. Bindweed can be found at

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