Proof of Life

my roots scale upward
unhinged ivy reaching
for sooted skies;
requiem of a shadowed life
dying to live

these supple sinews thrive
feeding on solum start
deconstructing my destruction;
a bushfire birth

I have dirt in my eyes
and ashes in my mouth
but feet feel ethereal freedom
breach-birthed I walk the heavens
with a child-like stride

winds howl a needled dirge;
grief for blistered skin
but not for razed beginning
nor gaping land it left

knowing rain falling today
was raised by scorching sun
and tomorrow is laid

clear and mine

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