. . . she probably thinks this poem is about her

She was quick to anger, always

tearing down the things
within reach, pulling down
walls that took weeks,
months, even years to erect.

With a flick of her wrist
she’d set the pile of ruins—
her doing—aflame and then sit
back and meditate on
the victim such tragedies
have made her. There were signs,

something she was sure
could be connected to the next . . .

                              the way the handwriting
                              on the wall was looking
                              directly at her, almost pointing

                              her out by name, down
                              to the exact spelling
                              of the all too common thing;

                              the way the Westerlies carried
                              storm warnings aimed only at
                              (bringing) her (down), target-

                              ing her isolation, of course.

She was sure the stories that mixed
with the ashes—charred beyond
recognition—were about her,
so much so, she need not consider
the source from which they originated.

There came a day when there was
not much left to ignite, nothing
that could sustain a flame
or even give a spark a stronghold.
It was a sad sight, watching
her fire endless rounds into

the abandoned wasteland,

witnessing the matchsticks
flicker out the moment they hit
the barren earth. She kept
at it, though, the poor soul.

. . . she probably thinks this poem is about her

Jenifer DeBellis

Dryden, United States

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