Written in Fire

{Recited over the dance of flames, the lyrics to a song featured in the third book of The Edge of the Known series. Brandon Chane gave the song the title “Damp Kindling”.}


It was all writ in


but the ashes

obscure the runes

and yet they nourish the

next life-cycle of

lilies over

the tombs


The air is

inspiration; but the

breath is

quickly spent

and can’t convey

the throat’s hoarse

cry, nor

what the singer meant


I’ve sought wisdom in

the flames

but now my pyre

burns too slow


Life, you’ve got to

open your arms

or else just

let me go