Neighbor House Afire


I saw the newspaper article:

It looked like someone else’s



But it happened to them


Before newspaper-reading,

I received the message;

Something caught fire in

Their garage then, needing

Room, the fire flexed


Garage gone now—the car,

Too, the house and who

Knows what else damaged


Fire out, three days now


Insurance is good, my friends

Tell me


All are well; the cats were

Rescued first by the one

Human who was home


Now in alternative shelter,

Plans by all in unison are

Made (except the cats who

Make their own), even while

Breathing takes over again


Pray for my friends—they’re

Raw in crisis


And I won’t presume to know

All that they need