Used to Be Home #fires #California #poetry

natural beauty cruel embroiled waves obscured by flames * a tricylcle all alone picture – a melted phone can’t reach home For those of you who are in California our prayers are ongoing. We check in by phone and grateful that family can still pick it up. But there are many lines that will neverContinue reading “Used to Be Home #fires #California #poetry”

Fire #Uganda #Atozchallenge

“There’s a fire” a boy points it looks like dust the men go to check flames are raging inside a small school men and women rush saving everything they can “Get out before the roof falls” fire brigade of 25 children “pump pump pump” children carry 20 to 30 pounds of water I try toContinue reading “Fire #Uganda #Atozchallenge”

In Life’s Mirror #poetry #uganda #photography

In the mirror of a water bucket I see: A blur of color children with bright hearts flames cannot douse courage little girls pump, pump, pump feet steadily move up the hill “more water” little heads bear yellow water jugs school books brown edged blue chairs too hot to touch  ashen are next day’s reflectionsContinue reading “In Life’s Mirror #poetry #uganda #photography”

Incendiary #poetry

Edges of flesh licked by flame I can’t feel the hurt am numb to the pain burns many levels or so they claim beyond sensation no number named nothing hurts tho quite as much when kindness is stolen human fire’s touch friend or family devil’s spawn take inspiration leave me raw debride the tissue apply agonizingContinue reading “Incendiary #poetry”

Your Arms #poetry #atoz #napowrimo

Maybe it takes walking through life’s fiercest heated fires to arrive at  green meadows feel each blade of grass grow * Maybe it takes enduring life’s harshest foamy storms to revel in radiant sunshine as it sparkles in your eyes * Maybe it takes an upending, battering shipwreck to relish salt’s splash playing upon cheekContinue reading “Your Arms #poetry #atoz #napowrimo”

Helpless #flashfiction #newcago

I wanted to cover my ears as the flames licked the sky in Newcago. “Help me. I’m on fire!” “I can’t see…” the wail of a small child Helpless I watched. The firefighters tried but could not get to the center of the apartment complex. Then the first bodies… The charred hand of my favoriteContinue reading “Helpless #flashfiction #newcago”

Raze #poetry #photography

This rapid burn losing ink on my page raised caulderon of letters illuminates my mind for one moment fueled flash clarifies the past I taste the ash burning my moist lips holding the last remnant of you a little too long spitting out the scorched after-taste realizing you put this flame of destruction in motionContinue reading “Raze #poetry #photography”

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