homeless man on fire

© 2019 by Tommi Avicolli Mecca


who would do it

set a homeless man 

on fire

while he slept

who would light

the cardboard box

the man occupied

a flimsy 

makeshift shelter

the only shelter 

he had

who would stand there

and take pictures

as the fire spread

and engulfed

the box

the smell of 

something burning

woke the homeless


he tried to put

the fire out

with a bottle of water

the fire department

had to extinguish 

the flames

set to burn

a homeless man

in a cardboard box

while he slept

the only shelter

he had

who would do it

maybe we don’t 

want to know