An autumn breeze rattles
The first crackling leaves
Dancing in crazy spirals
Across the graying asphalt
Silted with ash
Slick with tears

A surreal montage
Helmets and hoses
Buckets and backhoes
Streaked faces etched in horror
Working, hoping, working
Debris flaming red as leaves
flutters in the air

Amid unthinkable chaos
A stillness grows
Enfolding souls lost
Souls at a loss
The world stops
Frozen in o

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