It is September, and the lake
is several yards from the pier.
The dirty water is mud and
bugs and a reflection of this
bone dry town. The people
are asleep in the dry lake bed,
holding their cracked heels and
dusty children. The trees and
dried up bougainvilleas will
burst into flames at any moment.
Somewhere, there is a cigarette,
a match, or an errant spark.
On it is written the ghastly history
of this soon unforgettable pyre.