He didn’t see it, but felt it

through the darkness

of his mother’s womb,

the flame that baptized

drawn close enough

to singe his foot,

which caused him to leap.

The wild fire caught

and grew, ruining him

for a life of conformity. 

So he moved to the wilderness

somewhere near the river’s edge

where others were drawn

by the smoldering flame.     

He doused them each with water,

warning them one-by-one

of the fire to come. 

Later, when he leapt

from this world to the next,

leaving his head behind,

he was greeted by the fellowship

of the flame – Isaiah

with his charred black lips,

Miriam who danced

like a flickering wick,

and the others, too many now to name

together they glowed like

so many embers,

lighting the long, dark night.

This post is linked with Playdates with God and Unforced Rhythms.

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