Minutes ago death

Blazing mother and father

Naked branches against the sky

Screams and flames

Thornapple tree quivering in agony


Black night sky cover

No stars nor moon

Blanketing the soul

Small boy in the driveway standing


Madness rages in his left eye

The flames flicker

As he watches nothing


In the blackness of his pupils


Laughter and madness

Bouncing off the walls of his mind

Screaming across the sky

The house recedes glowing

Little boy closes his eyes




                                                                                                            Christopher J. Cramer

                                                                                                            June 18, 1982