The soothing, gentle flickering fire
Deceives us in her warming fashion
For in her heart lies searing pain
And destruction in her passion
A moment then is all it takes
For her anger to incite a flame
She will show you who is boss
Leaving you with no one to blame
Your skin once smooth to the touch,
Lies savaged beneath the gauze
Your face, swollen beyond belief
Cannot reveal the cause
In an instant, your life changed course
You are a victim of her cruel desire
Lying now taking mechanical breaths
You hear the cackling of Lady Fire.
Beneath the blanket lies your future
Knowing nothing will be the same
In an instant, laughter was replaced
By unspeakable burning pain.
Normally, I am a very private person; but something has happened that I needed to write about and share with you.
You may have noticed my absence lately. This is one of the reasons. A very dear friend was badly burned in an accident on the job. His name is Brian and he’s 32 years old. He is such an outgoing, people person that it’s hard not to love him. We, his family and friends are grateful that he is alive but overwhelmed at the prospect of what his life is going to be like in the coming months. I thank God he was spared. Burns cover 27% of his body, mostly his right hand, arm and his stomach; his face, covered by a welder’s mask, was not touched. I would like to dedicate this poem to him.