the sky dims dismal
over a washed-out landscape
harrowed, its holes fill furrows in the earth
and in the distance something cackles
a sound that splits the dawn
as the sun breaks over the horizon
its giant eye watchful but bleak.
a flamboyance of flamingoes and a murder of crows
rise to the cries of battle on the moor
and nature’s drums of war
beat a tattoo doomed
to eternally repeat.
and in the distance something crackles
the sun has turned to fire;
lies empty on the hollow ground
depleted of breath, it fades to ember
something startles it awake
the smallest of stirrings
for that is all it needs
and out of the crumbling darkness
the spark hurls itself
setting alight the expanse around it
and in the distance something burns.