Flight of the Flame
In wild release, from years of ebony
imprisonment self-formed, a secret flame
like flocks of phoenixes erupts within,
destroying grief and burning out the shame
for just a moment. Racing ‘cross the sea
of me, undone by self-destruction, lost
a moment in the darkness of my sin–
I suddenly am staggered by the cost
and fall beneath the flames, engulfing me
in love beyond all telling, mercy sure.
Though long in coming, let the fire begin
which sings through flying sparks, “You shall endure,
beloved one.” Though darkened still, sweet Love,
Your fragrance calls my soul to rise above.