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.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Hip Cape Town bars to discover this summer
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.