Pets

 

From ashes

 

This bushfire that has engulfed us

Continues inexorably to spread

Now almost everything from our before time

Has been consumed

Reduced to a blanket of fine ash

Ready for the first stiff breeze to scatter it

And still these wild flames seek more fuel

Soon even my country will be gone

And all whom I have known

Ash in the wind

This is what the Phoenix knew

To seize your heart’s desire

You must walk naked into fire

You must be purged of every old disappointment

And systemic failure

Every foolish choice

Every clinging mistake

You must burn the old skin clean

Only then can you step into your new life

And make dream flesh.

 

©2017

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