A Smoky Mountain Sorry

Fretful demise,
this mise en scène,

scrawny man in shadow coat,
coats forest floor
with gasoline,

then huffs at match
until lit stick slips
his lips,

from sporadic liar to
purveyor of

ne’er been bothered,
as to split a glance

yet flames singe n’ shake
frosted flakes from
prick’s ivory tips

Hey arsonist, it’s not
too late to put the
boot to this,

here’s empty chalice,
we’ll have it out ‘tween
old commercials

and let suffered rains
spill now to
flood it,

now pick head up
and call this pyre
a marshall

‘fore i’ve become
your worst trouble.

image: http://jonodoiron.blogspot.com/2018/05/up-your-arson.html

image: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/fires-set-by-firefighters-a-long-standing-problem-experts-say-1.3563183

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