Men on Fire

two house fires framed the life of the first,
the post-traumatic permanently etched into his cheek,
the flames wrote the story of his life,
beginning and end,
made print-less but memorable,
a life never quite his own.

the second,
a life gone out as quick as a match,
sparked a fire in a town,
which engulfed the world.

the embers of these lives,
refining, defining.
A slow burning quilt,
the same flame that burnt a face,
scorched many hearts,
lights a just fury:
every tear a tidal wave,
every sign a votive,
every shout a gasp against that same smoke.

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About definitelynotapoet

View my work in Skirt Quarterly, Untethered, Vagabond Citylit, the Quilliad and Tracer Publishing.
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