The Third Time

“God gave Noah the rainbow sign: No more water, the fire next time!”
–Spiritual

All but the water now
threatens to burn.

The air, blanketed with
a screech, turns corrosive;
the land is reduced
from foundation
to dust.

With the coming flutter of
rested and strengthened
wings,
the giddiness of
vandals,
the ecstacy of
anticipated tabula rasa:

this time,
the third time,
is it a phoenix
or falcon
that announces the night?

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