We Are Here: Firestorm

2010-11-25 08:44

Day 2 (26 November 2010)

This poem forms part of the We Are Here series, a collection of 16 poems by Antonio Lyons that look at gender violence from a male perspective.

I won’t be silent any more as a firestorm swirls around me.

An inferno seeking to consume my soul and my identity.

My manhood, the fuel feeding the flames as they rage out of control.

The fire brigade stands with arms folded as timbers of my soul turn to ash.

I gaze through molten tears, a cage of hurt and disbelief, and rage and misery at my plight.

Who started this fire that ravages me inside out?

What accelerant was poured across my slumbering form just before the match was cast upon me?

Nowhere to turn to for relief. The heat peels the skin from my flesh and tears the meat from my bones in crispy
blackened strips.

I blaze like a beacon on a hill drawing to me those that love the macabre or mask sympathy in fast-moistening downcast eyes.

Like moths to a flame they come.

There are those that come to bear witness so they can speak of this moment to future generations.

It is to them my liquid eyes turn.

I try to speak, but my boiled tongue can no longer articulate.

I speak with a look, “I am not the first or the last, I am one of many”.

Turn your gaze upon this world…cast your sight across the land and sea…see with the fullness of yourself….don’t be blinded by limited sight…we count in the millions that burn silently, brightly and completely.

We burn hoping you will lend a hand to dose these flames that destroy so much…too much.

And a shed tear hisses and evaporates on its way to the scorched earth at my feet, too little moisture to ease my pain.

I exhale and let go…consumed entirely…unto death.

Ashes to the wind carry me far and wide

I lived for love.

As do many of my brothers.

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