I stepped back into myself
watched the fire dim
Looked down at my scars
and my guilt

“You did everything you could.”

Walking backwards towards shelter
No home to call safe
Adrenaline easing into disappearing
Breath thick as smog

“It wasn’t you.”

Chaos melding into reality
Steady stream of voices
Calming a numbing heart
Hands hidden in a warm pocket
Memories of wild life
Torn will
Misplaced forevers
and a match

Gone up in smoke