Self-Immolation on the National Mall: October 2013

I saw the cherry blossoms yesterday
But even with the blushes of flowers
and columned symmetry of monuments,
I saw the place you set yourself on fire

The Capitol received your last salute
before you sparked the gasoline to flames
echoing protests of desperation
spreading throughout this kindled nation

Officials now report the long ravage
of mental illness on your intellect
but past that domed roof our politicians
continued arguments of policies
and on the lawn the bystanders could not
extinguish your flames fast enough


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