The Blaze

Sparkler

Today there was a fire in Williamsburg
A huge storage facility went up in smoke
200 firefighters fighting the heat against the January cold
As ash filled the air with the familiar smells of a Sunday barbecue
Except instead of backyard fun
It was hospital records and inventory slips from decades before
And as the “Do not remove from hospital” papers curled into the breeze
The smell overtaking the iced wind that whipped our hair against our faces
It was impossible to exist without walking through everything that had been lost
These things that we never knew were missing

 

more by KRISTEN GREEN

Photograph by Morgan Sessions

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  • Frank J. Tassone

    Very evocative! Thank you!