The hangry fire has devoured the proud palms,
their waving glory burned to a crisp,
memories of triumph silenced
by the crackling, crimson flames.
All that remains is ashes.
They are cool, smooth and dusky on my forehead,
these humble signs of humanity
two short lines anointing me
a daughter of God,
having taken the riotous death by fire
and transformed it into a quiet cream,
a healing lotion which proclaims,
“I am dust and unto dust I shall return,”
yet I rejoice in the hope of life
beyond the blaze!