There’s a patch of blue in the sky
cutting through the choking smoke
from the fire that’s burning all around

The Sun, a glowing blood orange in the east
and at the end of the day in the west,
only a prick of light at the edge of the Milky Way

Launch yourself into the sky
pierce the patch of blue with
your telescope eye and find

no fire no smoke, no bright
blue pearl dancing with the moon

Before you woke in the morning
where was the fire in the sky?
glowing through thick, choking smoke

Were you dreaming?
Are you still?