One Sojourner

Many Roads


Thunder cracks loudly, angrily overhead
As rain storms the scorched earth,
Extinguishing the rage
Of its natural enemy.


Rage ran unbridled,
Gutting the mind of one,
Blackening the hearts of many,
Destroying all.


Two-by-two torched timbers fall,
Weakening the structure’s soul,
Lending a quick revelation to
The eighty-odd’s dying faith.


Sadly, seventeen separate embers smolder still,
Never destined to flash forth flame,
All consuming less and less,
Until, seventeen small, blue-grey spirals
Drift silently and separately away.


Still rain falls,
Soothing the sizzling of the Mother’s skin.
The Mother, seeing the miscarriage
Of her own making, reflects and weeps.
The voice of retreating thunder
Echoes across the ashen plain.


It has happened at last.
Written 19-20 April 1993
Waco Branch Davidian Fire

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