burning bridges

of paper ashes

and words like

"inconspicuous"

and "reprehensible"

adjectives of solid platinum forgery

recreate the information from

ashes

his ashes

our ashes

for we have been burned

by history

by science

by recognition

"we will never know"

peel back the layers

like a macrocosmic onion

we mustn't cry for ourselves

information hidden

we must survive

we must realize

(or maybe we already have).