slow burning.

they will tell you it is heavy

too cumbersome for carry,

yet offer no hands

or place to put it down.

you will lay it to rest

on a bed made of sticks

and tear-rotten twigs

nestled betwixt sodden branches

made for slow burning

with arms folded atop

in a pyre of your own making

you will sacrifice yourself

to warm their empty hands

and light their way.

say something to me.

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