Fallen Giant

immortalized in a glowing pyre

embers whisper

crack–

heat breaches a pocket of moisture

mourning cries hiss 

on columns of steam

 

winter fire

guarded by andiron soldiers

stone and steel cell

forced to endure the slow demise

 

in life

tall and proud

strength against seasons

solid against storms

memories etched into the intricate puzzle

of skin

 

in death

limbs stretch limp 

over frozen earth

vital evidence

wastes into crisp corpses

 

ghosts stand vigil

charred bones give 

heat and light