softer than butterflies, and yet
strong; gentle enough
to brush the dust and ashes
from crumbling candles and crowns.
Castle walls are not as strong as I thought.
blacker than the night sky, smelling of
engine exhaust and cigarettes, my eyes burning
Is it just me,
or does the white, burnt wood
make the air seem colder?
laces the fabric of our clothing, into every
seam and rip that escapes our eyes;
weaving through hair and layers
of skin. Thin flags
hang loosely in the dirt.
that were once there
were kindled with a flickering hope
that nothing else could match.
For a long time we forgot
how to fall.
What made us remember?
of smoke and sorrow
settle in my view, but they do not
blur it. There is only
a fluttering candle, but among
the clouds I can still see
is triggered by scent, and I welcome it.
When I smell the cracking cedar,
I will remember
our determination to rebuild,
A new fire calls us.
behind, the world ahead.
But no matter how far we travel,
we will carry this kingly scent of smoke—
a constant reminder of what has been
and what we will take with us.
will be built from these ashes,
stronger and firmer than before.
We will take the charred concrete of what used to be,
and ignite a new ember
with old matches.
After all, they never lost their spark.
Cindy Green is a forest-wandering, poetry-scribbling stargazer with messy notebooks and messy thoughts. Despite her love for all of God’s creation, sunflowers and stars in particular have a way of sneaking into both her writing and her heart (but you won’t hear her complaining about it). She is an amateur sword-wielder with a Highland-dancing warrior spirit who also writes letters to the moon and considers the sky her best friend. A focused daydreamer, organized pack rat, and oblivious observer, she is a self-professing ambivert (or a living contradiction) who deeply feels both the beauty and fallen state of the world. Through her words, she hopes to describe the indescribable and form personal connections with people while reflecting a love for her Savior and a passion for everything she touches.