Thursday, March 19, 2009

in the wake of

Burning In Water, Drowning In Flame

adrift in an ocean of regret
aflame by a conflagration of emotion

taking on water and burning white hot

trapped beneath, encircled by

of pain
of loss
of senseless
self-inflicted suffocation of the soul

of hate
of love
of careless
calculated third degree burns of the heart

a drowning man left gasping for air in the wake of the flood
a blistering man escaping an arson consuming a tinderbox

leaving behind a family tree on fire
our fragile roots exposed by a relentless rain

all of us left
burning in water
drowning in flame

with acknowledgement to Charles Henry Bukowski
and dedicated to Aubrey, Maddie, Paul and Claire

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