Inert wood, dormant
No sign of the life within.
Strike, spark, ignition
A yellow tongue curls around the nubbly skin
Hesitant, questing, seeking energy.
Deeper, orange brown, growing, spreading
Heat, blue tipped – all consuming.
Riotous and rampant, life giving
Mesmerising – hidden secrets in it’s depths,
Shadows, leaping across the walls
Mythicial offspring of the flames.
The empire is crumbling,
The omnipotent conqueror’s power is fading
Frantic, searching
Feeding from within
Death comes in the flickering embers.