As Through Fire

destroying flames
in a reddish sky
warnings of a failing future
throes of a dying past

purging flames
in the corridors of the mind
letting old thoughts
reduce to welcome nothingness

leaping flames
consuming the heart
eating away but
reaching to touch the stars

licking flames
threatening safety
mesmerizing the gaze
like a game

searing flames
burning away
long-held personhood
giving way to a soul

dancing flames
forging something new
maybe good
from misshapen wreckage of the old


© Samuel Birrer and Serendipity, 2017.

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