AFTERMATH

fire

fire (Photo credit: pozek)

the wild beast of Violence
raged; consumed

me, my chest
heaved,
spat
its venom

destroying me
in the process

in the process
momentarily destroyed

I lapse
into a humbled delicacy:
chastised
by the depth of the fire –
the depths to which I had

sunk

then the beast within me,
that beast that became me,

repents

too late.

© Millicent Danker
19 February 1999

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