People are setting fires because they’re frustrated, angry, hopeless. They have no power to improve their lives, but they have the power to make others even more miserable. And the only way to prove to yourself that you have power is to use it.—Octavia E. Butler
All of your objects will outlive you.
Here they are:
haunting your line of sight.
So set them aflame.
The whole world will outlive you
You are a dying god.
Welcome to Ragnarök,
welcome to the burning of the world.
A layer of ash coats the sides of trees,
cars, sidewalks, schools, deer,
It is a dry summer.
There have always been fires,
These are no different.
They start with a spark of static,
a misused chainsaw,
a can of gasoline
a metal shovel striking a rock.
We stay inside for days.
The burnt wood floors
and walls and wires
desensitize our noses
to the smell of lilacs.