Eagle Creek Fire 2017 near Cascade Locks, Oregon. Photo by Carol Hopkins
“This is the village of the dead.”
All around us people are setting themselves on fire.
Some for what they think is love
but is nothing but meat fried in yesterday’s lard.
Some for money or to hear their own names carried up in a wind,
as an offering to the God who has no
Every human being is naked.
We see ourselves in mirrors and we always look away.
Only when shame stands up inside us erect as fire
do we know we are burning,
do we see the sky is on fire and every breath of air we take
Compassion sometimes means,
“Let them burn.”