As I fill the container with water once more,

I see the black smudge on the watering spout.

A reminder of last night’s fire

at the neighbor’s house.

What little water was left

in the watering can and pitcher,

was enough to douse the growing flames

on the bicycle and porch.

I watered fire, but it did not grow…

It wilted as all bad fires should.


Loly Mireles