Burn Me

tell me a tale

with loud brightness – like lightning

burn me, imprint me

with zigzags of words

branded and stinging

when retold and remembered


chain me

to truths and untruths

to the hurts of this world


bind me

to the way

your words rise and fall

to the tears

and the dark

and the pain


tell me again

how light

came from the heavens

rained down to

strike matches

and start fires on earth


how you bear it

the heavy burden

of ashes and shadows

of burnt flesh

and burning hope


whisper me your tales

shout them

scream them through tears


I’ll listen

dream through long nights

and hold your light close,

red-hot embers tended

smoldering, glowing,

as long as I can speak

What are you looking for?