The Burning

The Burning

The Burning 150 150 Rosanne Osborne


The brush pile burns in silent resignation, 
waiting, always waiting, 
for someone 
to hear the whisper 
deep in its embers. 
Ears waxed with the apathy 
of entitlement, 
blocked by heedless 
listening to discordant 
sounds of contempt. 
“Hear am I,” the ancient syntax  
of commitment lost in ravished forests 
victimized by the careless 
fires of silent burning, 
heat without intent. 

Rosanne Osborne

An English professor, Methodist pastor, clarinetist, and poet, Rosanne Osborne holds the Ph.D. in English from the University of Alabama, the MFA from Spalding University, and the M.R.E. and MDiv from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She grew up in Missouri but has lived most of her adult life in Louisiana. Her work has appeared in Tar River Poetry, Alabama Review, Christian Century, Ruminate, Thema, Penwood Review, and The Village Pariah.

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