along the ashen ground rests

papers torn and burnt; scribbled

on each is the story of a lie a

small child told to a big, scary

world, and how he changed it

all on his own.

::

along a path a book sits

cold, tattered pages yellowed

and dog-eared. within it's

covers is the story of an

adolescent who told a

fable to a girl one night so

she could live forever, and

die the next morning.

::

along the city's edge rests

a man in black clothing

writing the story of how

he burnt it down with

only lighter fluid and

words.