I have come to light a fire on the earth
you are dust and to dust you shall return...
so why ashes
those sooty remains of palm branch holocausts
rather than dirt from a fertile field
or an empty back lot overrun with plants and weeds
to remind us that evil grows among the good
yet ashes proclaim this day of dust
and a consummation
marking us with His dark, sacred solidarity
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