VERSE | FIRE QUEEN

There’s a girl in the sunset 
Her hair is ablaze
Her dupatta streams
In the arid breeze
I can’t see her face
I catch my breath
She stands there still
So still
I see the horizon seethe and rage
Scorch her in its red-hot rampage
I close my eyes
I’m afraid to look
Afraid to see the heavens burn
Afraid to see the ashes blown
Of the girl that is standing there alone

But then

My stinging eyelids fly open, I see
She’s still there
She looks back at me
The blaze of the sun
Now a shimmering red
Halo around her head
Like a crown
She won’t go down
When her world careens
When her world burns all around
Grey smoke rising from the sea
Of charred, asphyxiated dreams
She stands there serene
She gathers the light around her being
She smiles, she gleams
She is the fire queen.