The Reverend Hellfire is noted for his combustible stage antics, and indeed, has been known to set his own poems on fire on special occasions. But not just any poems.

The Rev will hand-write a “one off” poem, to be read once only in Performance and then ignited. The Poem is reduced to ashes while the audience chants “Burn Baby Burn!” No copy is kept of such poems and no recording is made of the performance, so each of these “Burnt Poems” exists only briefly as an ephemeral Singularity in Space/Time.

These Poems are presented as a sort of GIFT to the audience from the Poet, a bespoke poem that only they get to hear.

While it is not possible to print a Burnt Poem for your reading enjoyment, (no copies being made or kept) Sunday Sermons is proud to present the next best thing; a Tribute Poem to the memory of a Burnt Poem that was written & performed at the Kurilpa Poets on Sunday April 29th, 2018

Poem Written for a Poem Written To be Read Once

Then Burned


I wrote the Poem whilst eating toast,

butter, eggs and bacon rashers,

the words they lived one day (at most)

before I turned them into ashes.


When burnt the Poem became extinct,

I did not keep a single copy!

Tis thus I plan my Genocides,

whilst I drink my morning coffee.

A poignant thing, to write a Poem,

that is destined but to burn.

Why struggled I to write fine lines

that nobody would ever learn?


Of course, the Poems I do not burn,

well, mostly they are just ignored!

Alas the things we Poets must do

to stop our Listeners from being bored.

And so the Poem was sacrificed,

upon the Altar of my Art,

reduced to nothing more than ashes

and an echo in the Heart.


Farewell sweet poem, your time was brief,

but though you were consumed by flames,

some future school book will contain

a footnote where they’ll list your name.


(light poem here) IGNITION!

(Poet leads audience in chant of, “Burn Baby Burn!”

Exeunt with flaming flourish..)




The Reverend Hellfire is a practised Performance Poet,

President in Passing for the Kurilpa Institute of Creativity,

and an Ordained Minister of the Church of Spiritual Humanism.

etc, etc.,

Burn, Baby, Burn!



~ by reverendhellfire on June 24, 2018.

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