Written by  Katherine Ottaway MD

 

I lit the torch yesterday

 

I set it to my house and burnt it to the ground

snap my fingers and a new house rises

and the old contents

hidden from all but my friends

 

not on chicken feet, either

that would be foolish, as the fascists try

to control everyone once again

 

The inferno feels wonderful

when I stand in the burning house

admitting pain, admitting grief, recognizing lies

this abandonment was unexpected

there is always something to learn

there is always something new

 

I wait in the fire until I am burnt to ashes

I wait for the rain

I wait and wait in the heavy smoke

it hurts my lungs, which are burnt

the rain comes at last and clears the smoke

ashes turn to muddy proteins and DNA and fats

 

Now I rise

 

I assemble the muddy proteins and DNA and fats

feathers flame colored, isn’t that the myth?

my nod to tradition, though I don’t care much

I shrug when I am done rebuilding

I take flight

 

A burning comet

A UFO

Space junk falling from the sky

More silly stories

My sisters look up and watch me

I fly to the ocean and dive deep

taking the tailed form for a while

 

I am washing the ashes from my feathers

I am scrubbing the soot from my scales

I shrug as the blisters from the fire slowly heal

and soon

 

Soon I will be home

ready to learn what is next

Beloved

Ready to learn what is next

 

Text ©  Katherine Ottaway MD

 

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