For a fire,
you must have a bed of hot coals.
It takes the little stuff --
broken twigs, knotty bark, leaves sapped of all they've got --
to ever make it catch.
The big flames don't come without sparks.
Rosa Parks was one woman,
knotty as hell, dried out,
small and hot;
she set us all ablaze.
-- Michelle Stoner
Michelle Stoner's debut collection, Flats and Riots (CustomWords), was published in 2008. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at Carlow University and lives in Point Breeze. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on WYEP 91.3 FM.