This monstrous looming,
distant but oncoming,
like the smoke of a burning
village cloaking the landscape,
promises a razing.
Ash falls,
thickening in the non-light
in a courtyard deserted of footfalls.
The fountain is dry.
Night draws nigh.
The scent of ends chokes out “Soon, too.”

Published by Sixfold, August, 2019, available here from Amazon.