THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 361

Constricted

I wanted to shake her
and tried to say her name
(smoke constricted
my throat),
but everything spun.
The green and the smoke
blended together
in a whirlwind.
My eyes poured tears.
I could not get air.
Will we be OK?
Hands took my shoulders.
Gary, bleary through my eyes.
“What happened?”
The fire had stolen my voice.
Words turned to coughs.
Lindsey lay limp beside me.
“I’ll get help.”
Gary dashed away,
while I turned from the sky,
the sun too bright
for my cinder-filled eyes.

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