“Inferno”

Why did you move away?

I walked out of the fire alive;
how can that be?

How much was lost?

Nothing was lost: it was all
destroyed. Destruction
is the result of action.

Was there a real fire?

I remember going back into the house twenty years ago,
trying to save what we could.
Porcelain and so on. The smell of smoke
on everything.

In my dream, I built a funeral pyre.
For myself, you understand.
I thought I had suffered enough.

I thought this was the end of my body: fire
seemed the right end for hunger;
they were the same thing.

And yet you didn’t die?

It was a dream; I thought I was going home.
I remember telling myself
it wouldn’t work; I remember thinking
my soul was too stubborn to die.
I thought soul was the same as consciousness–
probably everyone thinks that.

Why did you move away?

I woke up in another world.
As simple as that.

Why did you move away?

The world changed. I walked out of the fire
into a different world–maybe
the world of the dead, for all I know.
Not the end of need but need
raised to the highest power.

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