Smoke rises around me,
steals my breath, and I can’t see.
The life I’ve built is caving in;
with bleeding lungs I let You in.
Burn me, melt this all away,
the rage I’m plagued with every day,
all the bitterness and war;
let me shout out triumph’s roar.
Shake me, let me know the way,
’cause I feel I’ve gone astray.
Draw me close to Your side,
far from paths so dark and wide.
Wash me, let me feel again
where I’m numb and caving in.
Make me clean and safe inside;
don’t leave me trapped in this divide.
Heal me till I’m good as new,
so much better than apart from You.
Mend me till I’m stitched together;
Your love is the perfect fetter.
Brush aside the shattered walls,
collect the ashes from the halls,
take the pieces I’ve torn down,
build a place where peace is found.
Maddie Morrow grew up with her mom reading to her and her dad telling stories about cowboys hunting Bigfoot. The combination sparked her love of writing early, and she’s been lost in her notebooks ever since. Aside from writing, she enjoys loud music, good horses, and hardcover books. She lives on a farm in Nebraska with her husband and children. Her Gaslamp novella, Red as Blood, won the 2018 Snow White retelling contest hosted by Rooglewood Press, and it released in December 2018 with the Five Poisoned Apples collection.