The crackle and sizz
Dropped to the dirt
Toe of the boot to snuff
And extinguish the last tendril

Blood stains
Soaking cloth and dripping to that same earth
The knife twisted
And pulled from skin

Knees give out
Dropping to ground
Face in the dirt
One last look

The menace aloof
Expression of kindness
Words of mercy
And the kick of betrayal

So much like the cigarette
That steel-toe
So close
Use and abuse, raise yourself up

Toss it down
Watch it die
That snuff again
Silence the burn