Smoke & Ash

hot_coals_5427_by_donnamarie113-d384zqoThe coals glow candy apple red
Sparkling with a feisty inner fire
A carpet as if finally unfurled
Waiting for a resurrection

He stands at the smoky margin
His feet, scabbed and blistered
From those multitudinous trials
Seeking partial salvation

They join this dancing cacophony
On the edge of something beautiful
As the man ahead moves jaguar quick
Silent like a thief in church

The frequent flickering founders
Replaced by unparalleled keening
Of ginger-footed supplicants
Wishing for a consecration

Ice cold water douses the coals
Steam rising into the heavens
As he watches the others sitting near
Cursing their wanton feet

And hoping for forgiveness.


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