Michael Erickson- Fire Upon The Skyline

Photo by Michael Erickson

I see it rippling through our world.

Consuming tree and stone and building,

As innocence scream in terror.

I’m trapped behind a wall of glass,

Surrounded by blinking lights.

And you are there beyond my reach watching the end draw nigh.

I scream and cry, smash metal on metal,

Fight valiantly to save you all at once.

But the truth is here so plainly displayed,

As our neighborhood continues to burn.

I raise a hand to my translucent prison,

And push my forehead against the view.

You pull each other close together as we kneel down to pray,

And for a moment the consuming world disappears behind bowed head.

I watch you each give thanks for life, and for the love we have together.

I feel each one of your kisses given as we say goodnight to each other.

And with ground trembling you three stand tall,

Watching me with love upon your faces.

My life and meaning surrounded in flames say goodbye as the air hisses.

Heat and light consume your frames,

Leaving behind a crumbling shadow.

And now I lay in my tomb of blinking lights,

Forever damned by our parting.

Michael is a husband, father, writer, poet, and aspiring author. He finds time to scribble down his thoughts in the dead of night, between ghosts and night owls. If you’d like to read more of his poetry follow the link here. Or to visit his full blog, ‘The Ink Owl’ click here.

4 thoughts on “Michael Erickson- Fire Upon The Skyline

  1. I marked that I like this and I do. It touches me in a place that is yet so open. We evacuated from a wildfire last year. The terror and hopelessness in unimaginable. But you got it. You wrote what I felt when I thought all was gone. I was lucky. The fire changed its mind and headed elsewhere. I didn’t know that until the next day. I love your poem and I hate the feelings that it raises. I hope you understand.


    • I completely understand, I actually really hate this poem as well, but had to get it down and out of my head. This poem came from a nightmare I had where I was trapped in a secure room while my family was trapped outside. The world was ending and I had to watch them all die. I woke up unable to breath and in the middle of a panic attack.
      I could only imagine the reality of that horror you had to face with that wildfire. I’m so glad it didn’t get to your home!


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